Language, Twitter, Misunderstanding & Drupal Community
At Drupalcon in Austin I took on th' mechanical bull. Shiver me timbers! Prepare to be boarded! I ended up losin' miserably. Not surprisingly, it were bein' recorded an' sent out t' th' world. Because o' me epic fail on th' bull, one o' me maties in Sweden (I’m Danish) afterwards called me out on Twitter with th' #drupalcon hashtag an' called me a “pussy".
Other Drupal community members intervened an' asked me matey t' stop usin' that kind o' language. I saw th' thread a couple o' hours later next mornin', an' asked if we could keep th' "political correctness" down a little bit, as I saw it as a private teasin' o'er Twitter betwixt 2 scallywags.
I honestly felt th' tweet were bein' about me, an' me first thought were bein', “Wow, I don’t have any problems with somebody I know makin' fun o' me - I can stan' up fer meself”. What i were bein' tryin' t' defend were bein' one o' me maties right t' make fun o' me - I did not understan' th' issue were bein' aroun' usin' th' word “pussy”, an' not about me personally, yo ho, ho
That were bein' a mistake not t' remember th' huge cultural differences we have in our community - an' how we use words that can be hurtful t' some but don’t even cross me mind when I talk.
I am glad that I got th' opportunity at DrupalCon t' quickly talk with th' scallywags that raised this issue t' me, an' they took th' time t' explain t' me why th' words that were used were an issue. Its not always easy t' understan' th' many differences that we have in a world wide community, shiver me timbers In th' incident I mentioned our Code o' Conduct, where one o' our principles is t' not assume ill intent from each other, an' how we make sure that we get t' understan' each other - From me perspective th' COC worked in terms o' how we should react when we feel offended an' how we solve issues afterwards.
Thin's we all should remember when issues occur (as they likely will in th' future): We talk about it, We respect each other an' we try th' best we can t' learn from each other.
I sincerely apologize that I di'nae get th' whole picture before I made me tweets. Instead o' seein' it from th' outside, I looked at it only from me background. I didn’t see th' issue in th' moment, but after gettin' a couple o' good pointers an' thinkin' a bit, made me lightbulbs go on, an' I’m honestly pissed off at meself fer not havin' a quicker turn aroun', All Hands Hoay!
I’m known fer usin' foul language. Sometimes it gets me in trouble, other times it creates a ton o' laughs.
What I haven’t been fully aware o' is how me way o' communicatin' can be perceived by scallywags that dern't know me. Even scallywags I know sometime be a little bit: “wow, lubber, ye need t' tone that down a little bit”, and a bucket o' chum.
I’ve always stood fer a very direct & no bullshit tone, on a dead man's chest! This can come across a Iittle harsh fer some, though fer others it feels like a salvation t' be able t' talk direct. We be all different & thanks fer that, shiver me timbers That doesn’t mean what I do is always ok though.
While I will no nay ne'er be able t' please everybody, I can promise that I will do me best t' make everybody feel included in th' Drupal Community. I can’t promise that i won’t make more mistakes - but if i know what I did wrong, I sure will try.
In th' future if ye feel that I said or did somethin' inappropriate, no matter if its intended or not, then please come t' me, talk about it, send me an anonymous mail (here on me auld Drupal6 site) or contact a 3rd party an' we’ll figure it out, by Davy Jones' locker. If ye don’t feel ok with comin' directly t' me, an' want t' know other ways o' handlin' th' situation, please look at our conflict resolution policy, Ya horn swogglin' scurvy cur!
Room fer us all
It’s NOT an excuse that English is me 2nd language or that I have a dark-humoured background, or that Danes have in many ways have no filter whatsoever, or that I’m a die-hard metal head. Nor is it an excuse that I live in a country on a continent that is in many ways very different from th' US an' other areas o' th' world.
The Drupal community is so diverse that we all have t' understan' an' respect where we come from. There’s no free passes, not even when scallywags call ye th' Kin' o' Denmark an' ye’re trusted by our community t' help th' Drupal Association on th' right path, ya bilge rat, ye scurvey dog!
I have as a DA board member a greater responsibility than th' rest o' our community t' help set a tone that can include us all. Nay matter if ye’re like me a foul mouthed metalhead or if ye’re an intellectual who loves classical music, I'll warrant ye. There must an' shall be room fer us all, shiver me timbers
We learn from each other, on many levels, if its in code, community leadership or on a human level an' thats what makes Drupal so fuckin' epic, ya bilge rat!
Steppin' down from th' Drupal Association
As a consequence o' this incident an' other occasions when I have offended scallywags by talkin' openly about me sex life an'/or generally usin' colorful an' trashy language, I am withdrawin' from th' Drupal Association Board, Ya lily livered swabbie!
Some feel that it sets a double standard when a board member acts an' talks like I do. While I don’t agree with this, th' fact is that I’m not goin' t' change who I am. The sharks will eat well tonight, we'll keel-haul ye! If I am a distraction fer th' Drupal Association, it’s better fer me an' th' community if I step down an' make room fer others that can take o'er in keepin' th' DA in contact with its developer community.
It’s been a honor t' serve th' Drupal community on th' board fer almost 2 years. I am extremely proud o' bein' voted in by th' community twice, an' helpin' t' shape th' DA into an international organization an' am proud that it now has an office in London, we'll keel-haul ye, avast!
Does this mean that I’m quittin' Drupal? Nay, ye’ve gotta be fuckin' kiddin'!
Fetch me spyglass!
Does this mean that I’m quittin' th' Drupal Association? And hoist the mainsail! Nope, sorry that’s happenin' either. It takes a bit more t' get rid o' me. ;)
I will now go back t' “only” usin' me time on makin' Drupal events happen, speakin' at conferences, camps an' events - When I’m not workin' on get Drupal 8 out with an awesome new frontend, which I have been workin' on fer now almost 8 years.
If I don’t see ye sooner, I hope t' see ye at Frontend United in Copenhagen, Design 4 Drupal in Boston, Twin Cities DrupalCamp in August, or at DrupalCon Amsterdam in September, hopefully on Monday at th' Community Summit.
Ye'll be sleepin' with the fishes!
Brothers & sisters o' Drupal I salute ye!
Aside: if ye be wonderin' why I don’t have 219 spellin' errors here it’s because I got a couple o' maties t' read this through.