Lindsey Kuper on being told “boobs or gtfo” in the Rust language’s IRC channel:
Meanwhile, in the channel, my friends joked ruefully about “boobs or gtfo” being some sort of milestone — that we hadn’t been a real language before, and hooray, now we were. I laughed along with them. But I would like to make the wholly unoriginal and unrevolutionary suggestion that, if being a “real language” means that your longtime contributors get harassed by strangers in the official IRC channel for being female, then being a “real language” is a pretty fucking abysmal standard to aspire to.
I almost feel sheepish complaining, since the occasional “boobs or gtfo” from some stranger on IRC is a laughably insignificant problem for our community to have. I still can barely believe it happened; it seems surreal. It’s certainly not the #rust that I’m accustomed to. But if we want to keep it that way, or maybe even do better, then we’ll need to work at it.
This Hacker News shithead (but we repeat ourselves) then regurgitates the just-a-joke defence (“repeating a couple silly internet memes”) and attempts to portray the moderator as a big ol’ meanie.
To the point that they accost the visitor over it. Even implying in front of the whole channel that the visitor is sexist and ignorant that women exist on IRC (which can be the only purpose of calling them out on that word).
Implying! In front of the whole channel!