This is actually not a bad idea. My wife and I attend a yearly homeschool
conference because we do in fact homeschool our children. A good percentage
of homeschoolers are religious, but not all of them. At first most were and
so most classes at the conf involved religous discussions, however, as time
went on, and more and more famililes entered homeschooling, the target
audience became less niche, and more mainstream. People began complaining
that they were being blind sided by religion when it was unexpected. So, a
few years ago, they began to note on the schedule which classes contained
religious content and you could choose to avoid it if it offended you.
The thing is, wether Matt offended anyone or not, he has the right to say
what he wants when he's speaking. And you as an attendee have the right to
love it or hate it. You can complain if you want, you can choose to never
attend his talks again, or you can applaud him. His freedom to present, your
freedom to receive. You can even get up and walk out. But its not your right
to try and censor what somebody has to say. If enough attendees complain to
a conference, you might persuade the conf to no longer invite that speaker,
and if not, then your are in the minority and you have to live with it.
There are an awful lot of people in this day and age who seem to be offended
by just about everything...and almost seek a chance to be offended. That's
your right, just as much as its Matt's right to use hot chicks to make a
point. Personally, I'm glad I live in a country where this kind of freedom
exists, and though I could do without some of frequent usage of "colorful"
words in RoR talks now days I'm not about to ask for people to step down or
be silenced, because I know I can leave, and even stop attending if need be.
If you think the information should be presented without content that
offends you, then do so, and be such a fantastic presenter that more people
attend your talks than those you find offensive. This has nothing at all to
do with the RoR community. You can find a way to be offended in anything you
do, from anyone you are around, in anything you watch, or in anything you
read, but thankfully, you have the freedom to choose who to be around, what
to do with your time, what to watch and what to read. You can also choose
which web framework to use, and the framework you choose is independent of
the presentation content provided at any conference or the language and
styles used by any presenters.
On Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 6:02 PM, DHH <david.heineme...
> > Our biggest problem right now is not Matt's talk per se, not even
> > porn, sexism etc. though these are serious issues too. The problem is
> > that we can't treat the problem in a satisfactory way, or at least
> > suggest a plan how might that happen.
> I agree with that. Here's one proposal: Start rating your conference
> or track according to the material. The movie standards of PG, M, and
> R would do just fine. Then people can self-select on the type of
> content that they're willing to hear.
> I, for example, can just make sure that I only attend or speak at M
> and R rated conferences and tracks. If you're offended by profanity,
> for example, you'd be forewarned that sitting in on an M or R track
> would be a bad idea.
> That's how a movie theater manages to cater to all kinds of people
> from all kinds of backgrounds. I think that fits well for this.