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Raphael from Diaspora stepped in after the incident I discussed yesterday in What a maroon. Well done. Color me impressed.

We exchanged some email afterwards, and he invited me to please stick around. Guess I will :-)
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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.
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