Guess there's no groundswell of support for firing Zoia and replacing her/it with a GLaDOS irc bot, then?
From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Andromeda Yelton
Sent: Friday, January 18, 2013 11:30 AM
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Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Zoia
FWIW, I am both an active #libtechwomen participant and someone who is so
thoroughly charmed by zoia I am frequently bothered she isn't right there
*in my real life*. (Yes, I have tried to issue zoia commands during
face-to-face conversations with non-Code4Libbers.)
I think a collaboratively maintained bot with a highly open ethos is always
going to end up with some things that cross people's lines, and that's an
opportunity to talk about those lines and rearticulate our group norms.
And to that end, I'm in favor of weeding the collection of plugins,
whether because of offensiveness or disuse. (Perhaps this would be a good
use of github's issue tracker, too?)
I also think some sort of 'what's zoia and how can you contribute' link
would be useful in any welcome-newbie plugin; it did take me a while to
figure out what was going on there. (Just as it took me the while to
acquire the tastes for, say, coffee, bourbon, and blue cheese, tastes which
I would now defend ferociously.)
But not having zoia would make me sad. And defining zoia to be
woman-unfriendly, when zoia-lovers and zoia-haters appear to span the
gender spectrum and have a variety of reasons (both gendered and non) for
their reactions, would make me sad too.