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: What? (Score: 2, Insightful)

by on 2014-10-08 13:29 (#2T64)

I actually remember that popping up on /. I think. I read about it a few times before realizing it was a joke and went WTF... I've looked at it on Gitorious in the last week. Someone really put a lot of effort into it, there's a ton of documentation as well as sample programs. There was also a facebook page at one point.

Those guys were really committed.

I actually think that was what set the precedent for what happened with GamerGate here, and is my primary concern for using GitHub. All anyone has to do is claim your organization is misogynistic and BAM! nuked repo.

Update from my camp. almost all the devs are on board for moving off GitHub for our project. There are a few now claiming they'll leave the project if we do because they won't support a harassment campaign. The main admins are still want to take a "let's wait and see" approach because the think it'll just be a huge headache and want to hold out to see if GitHub rectifies the situation before expending the effort to either procure the assets to setup and internal Git server, which also has a lot of logistical issues, or to see if there's another service.

GamerGate moved to several different services. GitLab was one that invited them, then disabled the repo almost the next day because of the same issue with some anonymus nobody claiming it's a harassment against women campaign. There's an on going discussion with @GitLabHQ, which is citing the GamerGate controversy article on wikipedia. Despite there now being a disclaimer on the page that says "There maybe be some problems with this article". They were also told and pointed to the dispute resolution page where it's looking like the article might end up in mediation and I'm guessing a lot of the editors are really close to being topic ban for obvious bias and personal attacks.

So far Gitorious is the service that's looking like it's going to win out.

Anyone that's following GamerGate might also have noticed the media is starting to crack. We're starting to see more, "Journalists just need to have a dialog" articles that are starting to sound an awful lot like a half arsed apology. They're still factually incorrect, but I give it another two to three weeks and it'll be an all out apology, probably with a lot of "but" and without an admission of guilt that is.
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