Github staff Jake Boxer disables #GamerGate operation disrespectful nod repository

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Little background information,

Last night (October 3) Github developer Jake Boxer disabled the GamerGate github repository containing documents for "Operation Disrespectful Nod". Which contained documents for a letter writing campaign to advertisers for the publishers of the game media articles declaring gamers dead just over a month ago. Here's a link to an image of the removal request for if/when the original tweet is eventually removed.

Jake previously voiced his disapproval for intel pulling ads from Gamasutra claiming: "While we wait for @Intel to correct this, here's @leighalexander's fantastic piece that they pulled ads because of ..." original tweet along with "@leighalexander so fucking angry that this happened. thank you so much for the writing and work that you do." original tweet, Backup Image for both.

Note @leighalexander is Leigh Alexander Editor At Large for Gamasutra, author of 'Gamers' don't have to be your audience. 'Gamers' are over.

Reddit is also up in arms over a "rogue" employee being allowed to delete repositories that, to my knowledge, don't violate Githubs terms of service.

So what's the Pipedot's take on this? Is it ok seeing as Github is a private entity, maybe they don't have to host anything they don't want. Maybe it's time to start migrating my personal repos to other services in case electrical diagramming or web development offends someone.

I could be wrong, but isn't Pipdot's code hosted in Github?

Cross posting to SoylentNews

Re: There goes whatever was left of GitHub's credibility, in my opinion. (Score: 2, Informative)

by on 2014-10-04 23:53 (#2T3H)

I agree with that, there are lots of other central servers and it's easy enough to migrate, which is what #GamerGate did. Unfortunately I can't remember the site name. It is still a really crappy deal that one tweet to Jake was all it took to disable the repo with no warning or research involved.

My biggest concern is this 'consumer revolt' shouldn't be bleeding over into a professional space. Like with Matthew Garrett pitching a hissy fit, refusing to update the Linux kernel for Intel fixes (admittedly it's unpaid volunteer work so his choice) and acting like a child because he doesn't agree with Intel pulling ads from Gamasutra. I'm positive Intel isn't supporting #GamerGate, it's much more likely they don't want their product being associated with Leigh Alexander's behaviour (Editor at large of Gamasutra). Outside the "Gamers are over" article she wrote, she's excessively abusive, racists and sexist on twitter. That's what Intel doesn't want to be associated with. But "how dare they pull their ads! Muh soggy knees!!"
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