I hate to say it, really I do but I’m somewhat spoilt by Ubuntu IRC channels and conversations that take place in there. I know in this channels/environments conversations are for the most part all on Ubuntu topic or drift into social chatter which is nice to see.
What I don’t have to deal with is back handed remarks about women like I do in other channels. It’s still frustrating to see some men make these comments about women on IRC as you know full well they won’t make them in person or possibly around their wives, gfs, daughters etc but will in a text based environment. It can get you down as you don’t want to be seen as the nagging person in the corner going *ahem* really did you really need to say that! In some cases I’m either the only woman in the channel or one of very few of them in a channel, equally I don’t like having to ask people to refrain from making comments, it makes me out to be the bad person!
It is really nice and encouraging to see other men pull people up on their comments, it means I don’t have to be the nagging person in the channel and I honestly do think they think twice before making another comment after being pulled up by their peers!
Maybe it comes down from having ‘safe’ channels in Ubuntu that we are spoilt by having this experience, when it really should just be the ‘norm’!
Aloha! I’ve been doing more thinking lately ( this lack of working thing is doing my noggin in and leaves me a lot of time to ponder) Some folks hang out in #ubuntu-locoteams on IRC mostly the guys working on the development of the LoCo Directory, there are others there who just idle or pop in and out.
It would be great to have more people dropping in and chatting and meeting more people from all other teams, chat, bounce ideas off one another and get to know others in the community. This channel is open to everyone, a lot of the LoCo Council hang out in here also so if you’re looking for us it’s a good place to start if you want to talk to us on IRC.
It would be great if more people utilised this channel more and encouraged their team members to join here.
While I’m at it, the # tag for locoteams is really taking off and great to see teams using it. Don’t forget if you’ve an idea or planning an event tweet/dent it and add #locoteams to it and let more people know the work you are planning on doing.
Folks may have missed this or indeed just don’t know the new shape up for the Ubuntu Women Project.
Since UDS Lucid we’ve been working on some changes as a team, most know about the Ubuntu team leader, but also a big change was the decision to have a LOGGED CHANNEL. These came about from discussions and meetings discussing the IRC purpose, as again the team is more than IRC.
Many many conversations were happening on IRC and not on mailing list of indeed the forums. If you weren’t on IRC you missed the information or indeed the lengthy and interesting discussions taking place. The idea to create a logged channel means if you don’t IRC, not on IRC at the time, and perhaps you don’t run a screen session you don’t lose out on these conversations and discussions, you can catch up and read the logs like many other teams.
We now have two channels and I’d like to point out to folks to perhaps join and update their autojoin
#ubuntu-women-project is the new channel created, it is the logged channel for the Ubuntu Women Project This is the Ubuntu, technical, and project discussions take place, of course social chat is going to happen.
#ubuntu-women is the non logged channel should there be a need to discuss private issues that people may not want logged, it is also marked as the social channel.
If anyone has any questions pop onto IRC and chat to us there