Concerning our new Code of Conduct...

Johannes Jost Meixner johannes at
Wed Jul 15 11:46:06 UTC 2015

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Dear all,

I actually like our new code of conduct. It protects my rights as a
human being, and it gives me safety in knowing that they will be
respected by my fellow FreeBSD developers.


The code of conduct explicitly states that discrimination based on
gender is one such issue that is -explicitly- forbidden, and that
interpersonal communication is to be kept civil, tolerant and impersonal

Obviously, when a member of the FreeBSD community sets out to collect
quote "male tears" unquote, I see this as a huge disservice to the
advocacy of the FreeBSD project, and there is a time and place for
making my dissent public. I have kept quiet over the whole affair that
was spurred by my taunting that person on Twitter; today that person
has gone too far.

I - as a male - feel not only not tolerated, but also discriminated
against, because the action so taken has shown that the person taking
this action (while celebrating the code of conduct) does not value it
in the slightest.

Given my previous run-in with that person, I have thought twice before
posting this email.

If that person keeps continuing to break the code of conduct this
person advocated for, and keeps doing that in the name and with
consent of the FreeBSD community,

I shall immediately cease all public contributions to the FreeBSD
project, including but not limited to

- - upstreaming all the patches I have generated that have not made it
into the portstree -so far-

- - contributing new, and updating outdated ports as well as fixing bugs
(last I counted, I had 216 ports commits under my belt)

- - reviewing the 64bit Linux Emulation ports as well as maintaining
*any* of the 32bit ports, which I myself contributed during 9 months
of hard work,

- - advocacy events I had planned for this fall to happen in Estonia
with, and started organizing with the Tallinn Technical

- - various small improvements to the FreeBSD documentation.

I do not stand for a community that gives itself a Code of Conduct,
and in that the very members who advocate for it -- kick it with their
own feets.

Screenshots of the material in question attached.

- --
Best regards,

Johannes Meixner

“If you saw Atlas, the giant who holds the world on his shoulders, if
you saw that he stood, blood running down his chest, his knees
buckling, his arms trembling but still trying to hold the world aloft
with the last of his strength, and the greater his effort the heavier
the world bore down upon his shoulders - What would you tell him?"

"I…don't know. What…could he do? What would you tell him?"

"To shrug.”
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