Re: What's all the hoopla about ?
The post says "I went and read the thing, and when you strip out the bla bla you're left with :" and then
lists are series of innocuous requirements. the problem is this is not all the covenant says. It starts with
This is after an introuction page stating that the goal is to increase diversity defined as more women and people of colour and that meritocracy is a problem that needs to be overcome.
The covenant itself then says:
"In the interest of fostering an open and welcoming environment, we as contributors and maintainers pledge to making participation in our project and our community a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of age, body size, disability, ethnicity, sex characteristics, gender identity and expression, level of experience, education, socio-economic status, nationality, personal appearance, race, religion, or sexual identity and orientation."
It obviously depends on what constitutes harassment is but you can see how thsi is going to be used.
the selelction of experienced well educated developers for leadership roles will be objected to on th grounds of race or sex. Contributions from allegedly oppressed groups rejected on the grounds of being badly written or poorly designed will be identified as exampes of harassment.
Clearly this is a document designed to facilitate and encourage racist and sexist discrimination. Everybody should be treated with respect and encouraged and all decisions on who performs what roles should be on the basis of merit alone.
It is staggering that when most interaction is via the internet and sex and race is unknown this sort of blatantly discriminatory code of conduct is considered necessary. Intel should be ashamed.