Concerning our new Code of Conduct...

Edelwin Khaelos edelwin at
Wed Jul 15 16:35:07 UTC 2015

Hello Johannes,
The concept of quote "male tears" unquote makes fun of people 
identifying (and recognized as) males in the society who complain about 
being oppressed (in a patriarchal society). This is of course a highly 
ironical term. You can read more at 

and to quote this article:
« Ironic misandry is “a reductio ad absurdum”[…]. “It's inhabiting the 
most exaggerated, implausible distortion of your position, in order to 
show that it's ridiculous.” ».

Yes, you can chill out, you are not going to be hunted for your tears by 
a horde of feminists as if you were the white rhinoceros :)

Le 15/07/2015 13:45, Johannes Jost Meixner a écrit :
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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.
> However...
> 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 - - contributing new, and updating outdated ports as well as fixing bugs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
> University,
> - - 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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