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This whole incident is sad. It's incredibly sad for Julie, for everyone at GitHub, for the founders, and for the alleged "crazy" founder wife who was banned from a company she probably sacrificed a lot for

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enobrev 32 days ago | link

Sacrifice does not buy one a free pass to treat people like shit. Condescension is not an award. (otherwise I agree with your sentiment and post)

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pekk 32 days ago | link

I'm surprised nobody sees sexism in the way that the wife has been stigmatized.

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cmelbye 32 days ago | link

No one cares what her gender is. She doesn't work for GitHub, yet she believed that she had hiring and firing power at GitHub and had the ability to read private chat logs. That is wrong, and she doesn't belong near the company anymore. It would be the same if she were male.

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joshyeager 32 days ago | link

I think that the wife's actions would have been even less acceptable if she were male. The stigma is caused by the repeated unprofessional actions she did, and made worse by the fact that she was not even an employee.

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enjo 32 days ago | link

The stigma is caused by the repeated unprofessional actions she did,

Allegedly did.

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bogs_carut 32 days ago | link

Why should gender affect the acceptability of one's behavior?

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brazzy 32 days ago | link

Because sexism.

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michaelmior 32 days ago | link

Agreed. Perhaps it was meant the the actions would be seen as less acceptable.

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Throwadev 32 days ago | link

I don't see the sexism here. If you changed her sex to male, people would be just as negative on him/her. A spouse who is not an employee, swinging their proverbial dick around (no pun intended), meddling with the company's employees, and harassing them?

I think people would hate the spouse just the same if it were a man, so I disagree with you on this.

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dekz 32 days ago | link

At least express your opinion with this statement instead of just leaving a questionable open ended statement.

Do I see any sexism against the wife of the co-founder from GitHub's statement? No

If you'd like to continue the discussion then go ahead and provide something of worth.

This comment is ironic I know, but these kind of posts derail the debate.

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comex 32 days ago | link

I think it would be somewhat different if she were an actual employee.

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pekk 32 days ago | link

So it's not sexism as long as it is against a non-employee? What kind of sense does that make?

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fpgeek 32 days ago | link

One way or another, an employee has to be part of the workplace - it's their job. An non-employee doesn't have to be there, so access to the workplace is a privilege (and one that not all employers permit). When a non-employee misuses that privilege (e.g. by getting the the way of employees doing their work), it can and should be revoked.

Moreover, making mistakes in the context of misusing a privilege can and should carry greater stigma than making those same mistakes in some other contexts.

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xupybd 32 days ago | link

I think the stigma is based on alleged bad behaviour. As this behaviour has nothing to do with gender I don't think it's accurate to say this is sexism. I could be wrong.

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PhasmaFelis 32 days ago | link

> I'm surprised nobody sees sexism in the way that the wife has been stigmatized.

Y'know, I hope I'm wrong, but there's a good chance you're surprised because you don't know what sexism is. An awful lot of men seem to have this notion that "sexism" means "something happened to a woman that she didn't like." It doesn't. Sexism is prejudice or discrimination based on a person's sex or gender, if you'll forgive me quoting Wikipedia. Calling out a woman for doing something shitty is not sexist. Saying "well, what can you expect from a woman" would be.

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theorique 32 days ago | link

The situation would be equally bad if it were a male founder's gay lover or husband.

Nothing to do with sexism, everything to do with a person making decisions for the company who is (1) personally close to an executive and (2) without a formal role at the company.

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lucisferre 32 days ago | link

So... you don't see sexism in the way she behaved?

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This kicked it off: https://twitter.com/mattetti/status/438494095506280448

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mattetti 51 days ago | link

Thanks for the credits :) I'm indeed the person who figured out what GH was working on based on Twitter's notifications letting me know that a bunch of my GitHub friends suddenly followed the atom.io twitter account. From there it was easy to link things together.

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whois atom.io =>

Domain : atom.io

Status : Client Updt+Delt Lock

Owner : GitHub Hostmaster

Owner : GitHub, Inc.

Owner : 88 Colin P Kelly Jr St

Owner : San Francisco

Owner : CA

Owner : US

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Needs more triangles.

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Why is this press release on Hacker News?

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No doubt Atlassian sees GitHub quickly approaching in their rear view mirror

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ConstantineXVI 696 days ago | link

They did a while ago; hence buying BitBucket and coming out with Stash.

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Its all about prioritizing. As much as the TSA may be a now, 30 minute inconvenience, there are so many more serious problems to solve. IMO it would be irresponsible of a candidate to position their political platform around improving the TSA which affects the avg american probably once or twice a year at most.

Meanwhile you have a struggling economy, attempts to ban scientific progress, shutting down the internet, inequality for minorities, the list goes on

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Right! Time to step up the rhetoric and hype machine in prep for the release

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I counted 5 problems, not 99...is it just me?

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neilparikh 798 days ago | link

It's a reference to a Jay-Z song called "99 problems", where he says, "I got 99 problems, but a bitch ain't one".

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One of your responsibilities:

Identification of product and services potentially infringed by IV’s patents

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