When the Worst Happens (OS Feels 2016)

What follows is the text I used as my guide during my 2016 Open Source and Feelings talk When the Worst Happens. There was a recording made of the talk; I will update this post with a link to it when available. Some housekeeping to get us started. First, I have cough-variant asthma. I can …

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Free speech and its many meanings

The last two weeks I’ve been spending way too much time reading, thinking and tweeting about LambdaConf. If you’re unfamiliar with the situation and want to catch up, read this excellent post by @codepaintsleep. One thing observing the situation has made me realize is that some folks have a very different conception of free speech …

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A product development epiphany

At the beginning of the year, I announced Authentic Engine, my new consultancy. I’m going to share a rather honest update about how things are going, and I plan to do so with some regularity. This gives me some trepidation. Visibility nearly always makes me feel vulnerable, even if the attention is subjectively positive. And …

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The complex reality of adopting a meaningful code of conduct

A number of prominent, globally distributed open source projects are debating the adoption of a Code of Conduct: Ruby, PHP (rfc, discussion), WordPress. There are probably others. Additionally, thousands of smaller projects have adopted codes of conduct as have many conferences. Why are some communities able to quickly and effortlessly adopt a code of conduct …

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