if you'd probably noticed, I'd been quite active here once and not anymore, I thought I take the risk of exposure anyways, because I care, and let you know why:
In the last 2-3 years there is a noticable change of the tone in forums and lists, getting more and more rude, also our community has a full-time very-proud-to-be-troll since ever, and due to his expertise, it seems he's constantly getting away with it here, where anywhere else, he's flagged and banned.
There is a post here, claiming an object to be a slut, the Plone foundation didn't take action at all.
I didn't feel to go into any senseless dicussion, it should be a matter of course to take care, that this forum is a respectful place for everyone, just in case the foundation is actually interested to gain more attraction amongst people, in order to better promote Plone.
I'm sure the argument, that the dismissive term used wasn't targeted at persons, but objects, will be brought up now immediately. I see that differently. I'm pretty sure, if anyone had used the N-word, there'd be an immediate moderation. John Lennon once wrote a song "Woman is the N***** of the world", while I don't agree with that literally, you might get the point.
Also the foundation tries to promote a technique called "Mockup", the main information-source about it, is the author's blog, who thought it'd be funny to use an example username, implicating the user is female and sexually aroused. Besides of making sure, to be not inviting towards a female audience, it is questionable if that helps to make a professional impression, when it comes to presenting Plone to customers, f.e.
I contacted a foundation member privately about it, hoping for a removal of these lines, without making too much of a fuzz about it, and got this response: "I asked him to be more gender-inclusive".
The only person who had the guts, to make a comment about it was Christian Ledermann, thank you very much for taking the courage, because also men who ally, unfortunately experience severe harrassment, some of them causing to stop the support.
Also why Discourse was chosen as a new tool for our community, stays behind the curtains. Anyone who can read, should know about the issues going on around their founders and CEO's. Anyone thinking commercial success can justify spreading lethal seeds, should maybe spend a second to think about, if you're probably close to the people justifying one of the most cruelst aera of human history with the argument, that not everything was bad and great achievements had been done by the torturers, also.
A lot of community members are incredibly helpful and respectful, but this is shadowed over of the bad behaviour of a few, and I actually caught myself to get into this tune, too, becoming a belittleler, also.
I'd been granted admin-permissions here silently, which is already an odd way to do, please disgrant them, I don't want to have the public misunderstanding, I'd carry along with this unculture, thanks.
All of my poor PHP-hooked fellowers, who I tried to intrigue into the beauty of ZOPE and Plone < 5, gave me an utterly negative feedback, one point was always the rudeness on the lists. Please get it: people are afraid to ask freely, if you want that: Fine and sorry for wasting your time.