A few days ago at a tech conference in Silicon Valley a woman working as a "developer evangelist" overheard a conversation between two other attendees in which they joked about big dongles and may or may not have joked about "forking a guys rep".
The evangelist took these private comments to heart, proceeded to stand up smiling and turn around to take a photo of the two jokers (and several bystanders), tweet their alleged jokes to her 10,000 followers withe photos and the storm has grown ever since.
In the aftermath, one of the jokers a working man with kids to support was fired, then Adria Richards was subjected to a stream of online abuse and herself, fired by the company that had hired her to "evangelise" their brand.
As she has been accused of massive over-reaction as she said on her tweets that she only reacted this way as she was saving the future of the sector apparently.
"Richards did not tell the developers that she was offended, saying in the comments on her blog post, "I didn't want to be heckled or have my experience denied." She initially decided to remain silent about the jokes, she wrote, until she saw up on the main stage a photo "of a little girl who had been in the Young Coders workshop." At that moment, "I realized I had to do something or she would never have the chance to learn and love programming because the ass clowns behind me would make it impossible for her to do so," she wrote."
How “dongle” jokes got two people fired
on her blog: "Yesterday the future of programming was on the line and I made myself heard."
Then it turns out that the woman who was offended by private overheard penis jokes actually tweeted to 1,000s a penis joke of her own a couple of days before...
Adria Richards @adriarichards
@skwashd you should put something in your pants next time...like a bunch of socks inside one...large...sock. TSA agent faint
Heroic defender of the future or humourless hypocrite?
The Female Tech Community Responds To 'Donglegate' - SFGate