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Over the summer I was debating about whether to get involved in the Diaspora project ... I mean, we really need a privacy-friendly Facebook alternative, and without any disrespect to Appleseed and OneSocialWeb, it seems to me that because of their visibility and a great name, Diaspora currently has the best chance to get to critical mass.

My initial reaction was a big red flag from a diversity perspective: the "Diaspora 4" are all white guys from the same school. Then again they're hanging out at Pivotal Labs in San Francisco -- home of Sarah Mei, who's done such great work getting women involved in the San Francisco Ruby community -- so I decided not to rush to any conclusions.

When Diaspora's first release revealed a lack of security thinking, I realized this was a place I could potentially help. I sent some initial ideas to their developer mailing list ... and Sarah replied in great detail with some very helpful feedback. Then there was a real stroke of luck: I happened to send the next draft to a friend at the exact time that she ran into one of the Diaspora guys in a bar in SF. Not sure of the details, but my friend wound up volunteering to help Diaspora with threat modeling. How cool is that? This afternoon I'm giving a talk to several hundred people and will similarly be encouraging them to get involved.

Of course security isn't the only thing I'm interested in. So when I saw cvharquail's outstanding If Women Had Designed Facebook I sent it to the Diaspora discussion list to see how people would react. The discussion was somewhat narrow, not really addressing the bigger picture, but there were some decent replies weighing the pros and cons of customizing profiles and how best to go about it.

And then a couple days ago somebody weighed in with this:
I'm surprised that all of you missed the glaring, well-known public
fact of Mark Zuckerberg being red-green colorblind (an X-linked trait),
so the blue theme was the only one he could actually see rendered
the way unaffected viewers see it. Period.

The arrogant feminist crank "scholar" who wrote the original article
that spawned this thread, of course, couldn't be bothered to see
past her own delusional fantasies about the way the world works.

What a maroon.

I mean, let's just tick off a few of the ways this is a bad idea.

  • it's flipping off somebody (me) who's showing up and helping the project

  • it's passing up a chance to enlist somebody extremely respected and influential (cv)

  • it's ignoring the huge opportunity for Diaspora and any of the other Facebook competitors: women are the majority of Facebook users, they've got a track record of privacy invasions, and a movie just came out portraying their CEO as a sexist asshole

  • it's likely to drive away women -- and guys who don't want to be in environments where this kind of behavior goes on

And sure enough, in a comment on cv's thread, Hannah said
I was kind of depressed to see the response when it was posted on the Diaspora discussion boards...

Yeah really. Sigh.

Oh well. Looking at it more positively, it's an interesting test for the Diaspora team -- who quite probably has never had to deal with a situation like this before where they're the ones in power and setting the tone for the project.

Diversity best practices are to visibly step in and say something along the lines of "that's not how we do things here -- it's fine to disagree about whether or not this is important, but avoid the personal attacks." And it would be even better if they go further: explicitly say that they want to involve women both in the project and as users and talk about what they're doing on that front, and perhaps even express interest in applying some of cv's perspectives and learning about Gender HCI and Feminist HCI. Maybe I'll send them cv's followup post Designing for Feminists vs. Designing for Women: Different vs. Revolutionary to see how people react.

As for the troll, stop me if you've heard this before but ...

What a maroon.

PS: for more on Facebook's all-blue UI and Zuckerberg's color-blindness, see Anil Dash's The Facebook Reckoning and my comment.


Date: 2012-03-17 05:36 am (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
@Letomi: invite sent!Do you use IRC? If you do, the best way to learn about conidg on DW would be to join #dw on irc.dreamwidth.org and say I'm interested in learning about conidg on dreamwidth . You will be mobbed by friendly, helpful people :) If you want somewhere safe to ask newbie questions without any embarrassment, try #dw_kindergarten. Also, I'm Skud on IRC, so feel free to /msg me personally.


Date: 2012-06-10 04:09 am (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
I like your verbose and I love Neal Stephenson so I dare ask you for an inivte code for Dreamwidth. I'm French, Female and learning Python lang. Keep on trucking!. Reine Dedeurwaerder, reined at gmail dot com.


Date: 2012-08-22 09:37 pm (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
Aaaaaand those CAPTCHAs are exactly why I do not have a gmail acuocnt. I tried a little over a year ago and I couldn't for the life of me get past them. And it sounds like the audio version would only make it worse, considering my responses to conflicting sounds.It's (not so) nice to know that nothing about it has changed.Now if only I could access the Accessibility Feedback Form. Sigh.


Date: 2012-11-09 06:27 am (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
If time is money you've made me a wealhtier woman.


Date: 2013-02-06 05:13 pm (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
i copied this from one of the cmnmuoities i'm a part of ontdcreepy. i tried it and it seems to work. i figured i had the obligation to share it with all of you.If you want to disable the ability for your commenters to crosspost their comments to FB and Twitter, you can do the following:go to the main menu and click:JournaltoJournal StyletoCustomize your themetoCustom CSS(this will just show up as a large box, and should be either empty or be full of code.If blank, just copy paste code and click save.if it has code, scroll to the bottom and click save.Post this in with your other CSS coding:/* ---FB-Twitter Comment Ticky Fix--- */.b-repost-items, .b-repost-item, .b-repost-item IMG, #entry-form-wrapper .b-repost-item, b-repost-item-fb {display: none;}.b-repost-item .repost_disabled {color: #CCC;display: none;}This disables the boxes that gives commenters the option of sending their comments to Twitter or Facebook. Problem solved.Courtesy of [info]valkyrwench, who got it from [info]delaese.Thank DOYC for people who can crack and share code. YAY!ETA: This will only work for your journal style. Anyone who reads in their style will still see, and be able to use, those ticky boxes.


Date: 2013-02-06 08:53 pm (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
Thanks for all those links! I shall have to check them out.Re: education in geenral, I have a lot of thoughts on this and hope to do a full post on this after I get my lecture notes for tomorrow written, grocery shopping done, important email written, etc. We'll see if I get to it today! Anyway, I agree with you about the false premise thing except that it's not really so false. Based on the numbers I've seen on income with vs. without a bachelor's degree, it seems that going to college really is a requirement for a middle-class (or even non-poverty) lifestyle. The problem is that there's this unspoken agreement, that if you do go to college you will get the middle-class lifestyle, and at twenty-two. That is a big part of the problem.I think your kids are lucky to have such a wise mum!


Date: 2012-08-25 07:19 am (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
Paul August 23rd, 2011 12:31 am There are so many negative commtnes on this thread from people who seem to have never actually run a web server themselves, or been involved in pen testing.1. Brute force attacks almost non-existant in proper web apps. Brute force reliess on carrying out a huge amount of attempts. Something simple like fail2ban practically eliminates that (but obviously you'd use other things as well). Every hacked account I've had to deal with has been due to social engineering, or PC malware, software vulnerabilties. Not a single one attributable to brute force password cracking. Brute force is for breaking local protection Windows passwords, password DBs, etc. But do note that public profiles do make social engineering easier.2. Username name gathering Using a simple bot I could probably gather all the public profile names from a site in under ten minutes. Any half-decent pen-tester will use a local DB of usernames, so why would a malicious hacker or script kiddie waste their time with some login form username revealing.I'd suggest those of you who are concerned do some research on pen testing and app security.


Date: 2012-11-09 08:56 am (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
Great sounding scprit although I'm always a bit nervous about this kind of thing you never can be too sure what code has been added into the applet and whether someone is taking a note of your password for some nefarious activity. Be aware of Personal Security and don't type your real password in perhaps just a similar one.


Date: 2012-03-14 07:15 pm (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
The dual-band Nokia 2600 phone you're looking at otrpspus 850 MHz and 1900 MHz. The primary GSM band in the US is 1900, while 850 is being opened up for use in more urban areas where increased traffic density is desired. Not sure what the GSM coverage up in your stretch is like. Might want to pull up a coverage map from the carrier you're going to get your service from to make sure.Those frequency bands are not supported outside of North America. Thus, don't bother using it on your trip to Europe or Asia because it's nothing more than a paperweight there. A truly worldwide GSM phone is at least tri-band, and there are a number of quad-bands out there that do the trick.


Date: 2012-06-09 03:11 pm (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
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Date: 2012-08-22 11:53 pm (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
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Date: 2012-08-25 04:54 am (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
I suppose I sulhod just shut down this blog, eh? Sigh. I wonder .A realtor DID fill me in on some things. They aren't supposed to publish personal info like that (the information I read wasn't by the realtor, but by something else), and if we buy a house again we sulhod do it using the trust name rather than our actual names. So I've learned a bit of info from her. I do occasionally have to remove myself from various white pages and the like. I just prefer that information not be quite so easy to find!


Date: 2012-11-09 06:00 am (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
/ You can also do searches on Twitter, where there are tons of wtreris, or look for forums on LinkedIn, where certain topics get lively responses. Don't forget in-person hanging out, too. I've been in a critique group with the same people for nearly 10 years, and we've supported each other through a lot of writing!


Date: 2013-02-06 09:10 pm (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
Thanks for keeping on top of this whole mess, and for sumimrazing it in such a clear way. ("senior wtf correspondent" is such an appropriate tag for it) I guess I should start a Dreamwidth account as a back up or something, but most of my f-list and communities are staying, and I'm not active in any fandoms to expend the energy of finding and participating in new communities and all that. And maybe I'm just being too cynical here, but if Dreamwidth keeps getting more popular and expanding, then sooner or later the costs of operation will force them to choose whether or not to they view their userbase as a product to be sold. Same as LJ and all the other social networks.One thing is for sure: this whole debacle has made me so glad that I never signed up for Facebook. This certainly puts in me in the minority in my age group and has probably cost me, socially speaking, but man I sure as hell don't plan on signing up any time soon.


Date: 2012-08-25 07:37 am (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
Hey Mike.. So, this isn't really about a gift I reciveed, but a gift for my brother that I actually witnessed him open.. This was about 7 years ago My middle brother had just opened his big gift and it was an authentic Team Canada hockey jersey.. he was stoked and so was my younger brother.. they were oohing and ahhing over, checking out all the details.. so then my youngest brother goes to open his gift it wasn't his big one, but still, he was pretty stoked, I think he rips back the paper and it's a juggling set with a how-to book hahahahah!! The look on his face just fell to the floor He had reciveed his big gift earlier in the fall (new camping and outdoor gear and he needed for his high school back packing trip).. I think he was expecting a little but more to his taste for his smaller gift than a juggling set anyway, he didn't really want to say anything to my mom, but then my other brother broke the ice by teasing my mom about getting juggling balls for his gift.. we were all dying laughing by the end of the night.. when my brothers get going they're kind of a 2-man comedy show.. Anyway, my mom still gets razzed about that gift to this day.. She took it all in good stride and shakes her head, wondering why she ever got my totally uncoordinated brother a juggling set..


Date: 2012-11-07 12:14 pm (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
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Date: 2012-11-09 05:51 am (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
A basket of aessrtod fruit, wrapped in cellophane with a bow, is a classic gift. However, if you know their exact preferences in fruit, you can buy a smaller basket, some Easter grass, and some cellophane gift wrap at the supermarket. Select just the kinds of fruit they like, that won't spoil before it can be consumed. Wrap up the basket of fruit, tie it off with a twisty tie or a bread wrapper tag, add a bow and a nice little card, and voile0!Mailing: At the post office they always ask, Does this package contain anything dangerous, fragile, or perishable? They don't want to get blamed for the contents arriving in bad shape, which could easily happen if the package gets tossed around or delayed. If UPS or mailing is the only way you can get the gift package to their house, maybe you should re-think the fruit idea.


Date: 2012-06-12 04:55 am (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
I had to install Apple QuickTime to make the audio CAPTCHA work soieemmts. If it works, I can discern the numbers pretty well on the Blogger site, but there are other sites (mostly forums) which use a different kind of audio challenge, which is really hard to discern. Besides, audio CAPTCHAs don't always work on my mobile connection. With more and more people accessing the Interent on smartphones, this ought to be a point of attention.


Date: 2012-08-23 12:06 pm (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
Jan,Actually try modifying the code at line 369 in ameta-includes.php to$order_array = &$order;$params = array_merge($params, $order_array); // php 5.3 wants these to be rrpeeencesfhp 2.5.4 seems happy with that, and that php manual link seems to imply that that may be what php 5.3 wants.Please let me know if that works!


Date: 2012-11-07 09:23 pm (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
One thing I notice is that your Adsense pulsebhir ID is not embedded anywhere in the code. Did you omit that on purpose when posting your question? If not, you have to make sure that your pub ID is somewhere in the code, otherwise the ads won't generate.Another thing is that you cannot have more than three of each type of unit, the regular' units, and the link units. If you have up to the limit on your page, the code will not display. Another possibility, you may have the code within a pair of iframe tags. And yet another possiblity, the text on your page contains too may prohibited words, like porn, sex, drugs, etc.These are just suggestions, without looking at your pages, we can only guess


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Date: 2012-08-23 12:55 pm (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
Thank you for your patience with rrdgeas the reading.The card I drew you is 8 Cups from the Manga Tarot which was reversed. This is saying that there is a situation going on that you feel confused about. You're not sure which is the best way to go, and there is likely something you're wondering about walking away from. You need to decide which relationships in your life are the most important and need the most attention and which you can let go of so that you'll be better off. Thank you again for your patience, please read: , I'll be doing a drawing for those of you who participated in Saturday's draw.


Date: 2012-06-12 07:45 am (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
I went to tons of links before this, what was I thikning?


Date: 2012-08-25 03:59 am (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
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Date: 2012-06-09 05:28 pm (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
Thank you so much! I used to use it, but that was before I went off to cglleoe so it's been a few years I've probably forgotten everything I know. Ah, well, there are always tutorials for that stuff. I'll gladly take your advice, thank you :) Hopefully I will see you on IRC sometime soon!


Date: 2012-08-23 10:03 am (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
I think I'll send Larry to kick their asses! (Llama versus ass, get it? Get it?)But I think if I cnitnoue to bitch, Scavella will start emailing me the link to my own wordpress blog and then I'll be ashamed.


Date: 2012-11-09 06:13 am (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
I don't think tech support is trdiitaonally devalued because it's feminine . I think it's feminine because it's trdiitaonally devalued; patriarchy as usual leaves to women the jobs considered the worst. This is a separate phenomenon from devaluing jobs that trdiitaonally belong to women, but both are real phenomena.Let me offer an alternative account. I suspect that tech support is trdiitaonally devalued for capitalist rather than patriarchal reasons. Capitalism values work that increases the value controlled by the capitalist: shareholder value. So it values work that produces capital assets that produce value over time and stay with the company when the employees leave, such as machining, programming, accounting, or project planning. It doesn't value work that is part of cost of sales where the capitalist needs to buy twice as many man-hours to make twice as much revenue because competition with other capitalists exerts constant pressure on how much he can profitably spend on that work. It doesn't value work whose primary value is to build knowledge, because knowledge goes with employees when they leave. The cost of tech support, when done by employees, is part of the per-customer cost of providing a service, so it's essentially part of the cost of sales. It has a very important benefit for the provider, too: if they pay attention, they learn what aspects of their service are most valuable to their customers, and what aspects destroy the most value. I think that's why Craig Newmark is a customer service representative.The funny thing is, there are a wide variety of software-based services where the customer derives much more value from the support than they do from the software, often even from fewer man-hours. And I'm not just talking about the EDS model where the customer brings in a team of hourly consultants to set the software up; even in cases where the customer pays the same regardless of how many man-hours of support they need.Whether support really *is* worth less than coding at Dreamwidth is something I'm not informed enough on to offer an opinion on. I'm just pointing out that, even if it isn't, there are other possible explanations someone might irrationally devalue it than merely because it's trdiitaonally feminine.


Date: 2012-11-09 06:22 am (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
This piece was a lfiejacket that saved me from drowning.


Date: 2013-02-06 01:00 pm (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
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Date: 2013-02-06 05:46 pm (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
I don't see it as jealousy so much as ioritatirn at people who (a) feel they are entitled to something (i.e. higher education) that is (b) heavily subsidized by the taxpayer, but (c) take no responsibility for the personal choices that led to being up to the eyeballs in student loans.Out of high school, I had the grades and the test scores to go pretty much anywhere, but I chose Podunk State, because (1) it cost relatively little, and (b) they gave me a nominal scholarship/stipend that covered my living expenses. This ordinary education has never been a liability for me, not when I applied to grad programs, and not when I went to law school. It's not the government's job to absorb our errors in judgment. That said, I do think the student loan situation has become untenable. It is effectively a form of debtors' prison, and I have some sympathy for those who made sound choices, but still find themselves on the wrong side of student debt. One thing I'll never understand is why Congress can't change the laws to allow student loan debt to be discharged in bankruptcy. (I've been reading your posts, btw. I've just been too stressed out at work and home to leave comments, etc).


Date: 2012-11-09 07:47 am (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
Your article prfetecly shows what I needed to know, thanks!


Date: 2012-08-23 05:17 pm (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
her account got hkeacd and it was super easy to hack Facebook accounts and when I told her she was completely wrong she was rather surprised.I told her hacking Facebook is tough, they got top of the line security, there isn't a lot of people that will hack Facebook, I said 95% of people don't hack Facebook to gain access to a user account they hack the individual via key-loggers and other malicious software, its much easier to create a windows virus that scans for keystrokes then it is to sit there and hack some random persons Facebook account.The mis-conception happens when the unknowing user phrases there frustrations by saying They hkeacd Facebook and gained access to my account when most of the time they just didn't log out of Facebook on there computer or they had a key-logger installed.Those are just small examples but my overall point is it doesn't reduce your security when you show public user-names via a login form it just gives the illusion of reduced security. Any real web developer will take the time to put in place a ton of validation checks on the back end systems to make sure its really secure.

Date: 2013-03-03 05:35 pm (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
Stop hack the program!!!

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