In Memory of Rebecca Meyer, help fund childhood cancer research: https://www.stbaldricks.org/donate/fundraiser/539/2014
Rebecca Meyer is the daughter of Eric Meyer who you may know through through his two decades of work on behalf of web development and web standards. He is the author of Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide and the widely used Reset CSS (http://meyerweb.com/eric/tools/css/reset/).
I would assume that many (if not most) users of Hacker News have benefited from Eric's work.
Rebecca died from cancer on Saturday on her 6th birthday. As per the link from Jeffrey Zeldman's blog, there is an effort to get #663399Becca trending today, (June 12th) in a show of solidarity.
I'm in favor of changing the title bar color temporarily.
Can I get HN to put something in their banner every day for a different one?
I honestly do not know where to go anymore to try to talk to people and work on anything. This isn't intended at all as dickish. If people have so much compassion, why not try to support efforts to improve things?
Since you're being so rude here, I will note that it is probably because you are an unreliable narrator who "cures" herself with blogsourced finds and people have little need for advice that is not based in reality. You post about being shunned by multiple CF communities, I would be willing to guess that it is not because they are afraid of any stunning discoveries you have made.
It's true that the GP's complaints about downvotes also break the HN guidelines, but being mean is much worse. Please don't.
Edit: I was thinking page title. #663399 as the color for the header would be really nice too.
A very young girl died of cancer. That's pretty sad, but I fail to see how it's anymore sad than the hundreds/thousands of people who die of cancer every day. Millions of people will have died of cancer by the end of this year.
So we have all these people tweeting this hashtag and coloring their Twitter avatar purple, because Rebecca's favorite color was purple (no non-sequitur there).
Why? Why are we mourning the death of this particular individual; what about her plight is so unique?
To me it just seems like bandwagoning.
Surely there's some aspect of this that I do not understand or of which I am unaware.
Now pay attention to this next part because it might be hard to follow. As humans, many of us empathize with this profound loss experienced by someone whose work has been so influential in our own careers. As humans, many of us have experienced similar loss. Many more of us, as parents, hope never to have to.
If that's unclear, perhaps someone who is a better programmer than I can translate it into code and put it in a Gist.
I'm not sure if you were assuming everyone should recognize his name. Because, without that context, it is clear there are many many people, every day, who suffer things that many of us have sympathy for, but would not make a lot of sense to probably anyone to alter HN, every day, in sympathy for.
If you're the kind of person who prefers fairness over indulging feels, then token efforts like pinning ribbons to things look like an ostentatious display of hypocrisy to friends and family, to show that you care about something everyone still collectively agrees not to do anything about (i.e. a kid dying).
You can make an argument that HN must be 100 percent on-topic, at all times, and that it doesn't belong here. But you can also argue that we are all humans and we can just accept it once in a while, even here.
To jump to the conclusion that it's all just for show, and nobody will actually take any sort of real action is pure cynicism. People have actually been affected by this, in ways that are certainly small in comparison to the the way the Meyer family has been. The most visible gestures might not accomplish much, but many people are actually donating money to charities that have a very real impact.
The thoughts it raises, particularly for parents, are not the kind that can just be dismissed once the hashtag stops trending.
I think almost everybody understands human loss and can empathize. It's a bit rude to assume that someone doesn't, just because they don't want to support this rather tasteless memorial.
A child's life ended and now there is a color named after her (or some site changed a color band). What exactly is that doing for anyone other than adding a bit of trivia to the CSS spec so that people can read about it and say "Oh, that's horrible!" and then move on with their lives? What is that doing for the parents? Is the perception of this named color supposed to invoke some kind of warm feeling? Is it to let the parents know that "we support you"? If so - don't you think providing some actual support in the form of something useful would be much better?
While I agree with you (I don't know him; I didn't know her; I don't care that she's dead; I see zero point in concentrating more on her death than on any of the many thousands of other deaths; etc etc) I do know that posting questions like your will just annoy or distress people and also will not serve any point.
So I tend to bite my tongue when things like this suggestion come up. People want to tinker with a CSS value? Sure, go ahead. People want to attach special meaning to that? Yep, fine. People want to link to and discuss best modern research for the illness that she died from, with links to funding for research or Watsi funding for other existing patients? Brilliant, I might even donate.
But I've learnt to hide my real feelings - the neuro-typicals have kicked them out of me over the years.
However I am inclined to agree, just let it go, if people want to mourn let them mourn, even if it just bandwagon jumping. If you asked Nietzsche, he would probably say they are just mourning their own mortality, ie there is no such thing as a selfless act, they are just doing to feel good about themselves.
And surely it won't be as bad as the Steve Jobs fiasco.
In the same way that I don't personally know Linus, Mark Andreesen, Tim Berners-Lee, et al, I remember the days on usenet when we all hung out and got shit done.
I'm a nobody in the grand scheme of things -- and I'm quite okay with that -- but there have been thousands of us who made all the stuff we use today happen. Eric is one of those who made a little more impact than the rest of us anonymous folk. And for many of us who shared the delights of his work, we share his pain.
If we only acknowledge the big names, the "celebrities" if you will, then we've lost our soul. The internet has been built by thousands, not a handful, and Eric is someone many of us associate with.
That's why we are all sad today and why we want to show solidarity. Burying a parent is hard. I cannot fathom burying a six year old child.
I'm going to use #EED2EE which is thistle, close enough. ;)
The proposed color makes it unreadable, #aa99ff looks ok though