Interesting idea from Ethical Code:
Not long ago, Tom Morris blogged about a search he did on GitHub for words like ‘faggot’, ‘bitches’ and other offensive things.
While there’s a lot of fairly harmless swearing (this is the internet, shit (quite literally) happens) in code comments, these searches also showed a far deeper issue.
Laid bare was a prime example of ignorance being bliss, people publicly posting code with comments that could make so many people feel awful, unwanted, and excluded. We’re not just talking about the odd bad word - but very real rants that amount to nothing more than targeted hate.
In the spirit of positive action, I invite you to join us in raising mass-awareness of this unfortunate issue by finding and changing as many vulgar, offensive, exclusive code comments as we can.
It’s happening this Saturday in London, but you can join in from anywhere.