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the stackoverflow "homage to the 90s" being so femme just reinforces to me how much of a coded-"neutral male" the space is, and reads to me that the feminine is meant to be a source of ridicule

and just reminds me of the absolute brilliance and innovation from preteen/teens girls on the internet circa y2k, and how so many of us got discouraged from and pushed out of making careers out of this tech knowledge

I also worked out of the same office as them and I was definitely made to feel that they absolutely do not give a shit about community, and only the gamification/stats-building of knowledge

I mean, I rely on this resource so much as a developer, and I don't think it's an easy problem to solve, and I think the founders intentions were good, so I'm not trying to dogpile up on it -- but that's how I feel when I see this and I'm surprised they didn't throw in at least one flame or skull based gif

@ashley if the joke was meant to be "haha, what if the web still looked like this", it backfired immensely because it just reminded me to go back and make this dummy site real
ethan-gates.com/HCF4Eva/

@ashley I had way more fun and learned a thousand times more about CSS in messing around with that site for a couple hours than I will ever ever get from searching SO

@ashley Why is April fools is still a thing? For years it's been something done by one guy who things this is funny but is in fact really problematic, and there's never any discussion about what's going to be done, because it's a surprise.

@avolkov Yeah it always takes me by surprise as an employee of a place and have to scramble to catch up with the joke people ask me about (although honestly I don't think this has happened often, fortunately!)

@avolkov My company did one this year and I had no idea it was coming, although it's quite innocuous and kinda speaks to the underlying issues with open source software funding (pivot to giving free stickers, which is more profitable than free software 😂) artefactual.com/artefactual-an

@ashley As someone who has too many OSS/conference stickers on my laptop, I find this funny.

@brainwane No I didn't but glad my thinking is in line with such an amazing person!! @aparrish

@ashley yeah, this is really the heart of it. it feels like an april fools prank in which the (male) CEO of a company puts on nail polish or something and then walks around the office saying "haha isn't this funny?"

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