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About

C+= is a parody "feminist" programming language that was the target of mass internet censorship months before Gamergate. [1]

History

November 26, 2013, Arielle Schlesinger of HASTAC condemned all computer programming languages, because to her the current programming languages are exclusionary of feminists and calling for the development of a feminist programming language. [2] Eventually a group of pranksters calling themselves, the Feminist Software Foundation responded by writing a parody description of a feminist programming language and began working on an implementation of the language. [3] [4]

Censorship

December 21, 2013, C+= implementation had been deleted from Github, Bitbucket, and Google Code. A Reddit thread in r/programming subreddit, discussing the Schlesinger article was hidden. [5] Following Hacker News' deleted article titled "Did GitHub Break Your Trust Censoring the Feminist Language Parody?" [6] [7]

Attacks

Twitter users @aaronm, @sinthetix, @atweetingtwit, and @lindseybieda discussed identifying the contributors and contacting their workplaces. [8]

Another Twitter user, @jacobian, tried to get Cloudflare to revoke the website's domain and claim "It's being used to harass, impersonate, and intimidate women."

Evan Cofsky reported that the language to Bitbucket as a "Harassing Repository" that "is obviously set up to target people" with "harassment campaigns." [9]

Later Activity

March 23, 2014, the Linux Kernel Mailing List got pranked by the Feminist Software Foundation, with a call to replace "the," the "hateful, hurtful" word, with the gender-neutral "xhe." [10]

References

  1. C+= (Quinnspiracy Wikia) - [1]
  2. Feminism and Programming Languages (Hastac) - [2]
  3. The Problem with C+= and Feminism (Pastebin) - [3]
  4. C+=: A Feminist Programming Language and the Resulting Blacklist Plus Whining (Philosoraptor) - [4]
  5. Schlesinger Article Hidden (Reddit) - [5]
  6. Hacker News Deletes 'Did GitHub Break Your Trust' - [6]
  7. GitHub Takes Down Satirical 'C Plus Equality' Language - [7]
  8. Programming - Paradigms, Satire, and Precedents - [8]
  9. Evan Cofsky Tweet (Archive) - [9]
  10. Replace "The" with "Xhe" -[10]