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From "P. Taylor Goetz" <>
Subject Re: Profile photos and ASF values
Date Wed, 01 Feb 2017 05:00:27 GMT
+1 for Ted's approach.

I'm young in terms of ASF years, but I've found it to be very apolitical. Recently it's actually
been a refreshing departure from what seems like an avalanche. It seems most people here seem
to check their personal beliefs at the door.

My guess is that it is a case of innocence, but a follow up with information about cultural
sensitivities seems prudent.


> On Jan 31, 2017, at 7:14 PM, Niclas Hedhman <> wrote:
> As Ted pointed out, it is an ancient symbol found in most Far East
> mythology and the Hindu religion. "Out here" you will find it quite often,
> on shops, temples and business cards. It doesn't "carry weight" unless it
> comes in black on white, with the Nazi proportions of widths. The Nazi one
> was also at an angle.
> We all know that in this instance, there is no malignant intent, and should
> not require any action.
> And we have not had any case of "red and black" and "something needs to be
> said" as far as I know.
> But the 'solution' is relatively simple; ASF is a non-political
> organization, and expression of political views (such as showing political
> allegiance, berating political figures, commenting on political activity,
> and so on) is not acceptable, regardless if that is a hate organization
> like the Nazis or more moderate political statements that many may agree
> with, say recent elections in the world or outbreaks of war. We should not
> be involved, I think we are even obliged by Law to not be involved.
> Cheers
> Niclas
>> On Wed, Feb 1, 2017 at 7:58 AM, Andrew Palumbo <> wrote:
>> I am pretty new around here and don't know if this is a more private room
>> for ASF members .. but my .02:  of it is in red and black, then something
>> needs to be said.
>> Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone
>> -------- Original message --------
>> From: Ted Dunning <>
>> Date: 01/31/2017 3:50 PM (GMT-08:00)
>> To:
>> Subject: Re: Profile photos and ASF values
>> Yeah... I twitched when I saw that.
>> My suspicion is that this is being used in the ancient, pre-nazi sense.
>> It is hard to believe that somebody is ignorant of the impact it must have
>> on some readers.
>>> On Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 3:47 PM, Christopher <> wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>> It is surprising to me that a certain individual participant in ASF
>> forums
>>> seems to be using a swastika as their Google profile photo. The impact of
>>> this is that ASF users which use GMail to interact with the mailing
>> lists,
>>> are presented with this swastika whenever reading or interacting with ASF
>>> forums using GMail.
>>> To be clear, this symbol can have alternate meanings, and it may not be
>>> intentionally being used as Nazi symbol. Additionally, even if this
>>> individual holds to certain ideologies which may be antithetical to ASF
>>> community inclusive values, they may act entirely professional and in
>>> accordance with ASF code of conduct on Apache forums. So, I don't want to
>>> imply that the profile photo is indicative of their ASF interactions...
>> it
>>> may be an entirely separate thing.
>>> My main inquiry here is to question whether or not there is a concern,
>>> because the use of such profile photos may actually have consequences of
>>> deterring potential new committers, because Apache may be indicted by
>>> association.
>>> Is there something we wish to do about this? Is it a non-issue? I really
>>> don't know. All I know, is my gut tells me that I'm bothered when I see
>> it
>>> (I use GMail). But, I don't want to overreact, or start a witch hunt. I'm
>>> genuinely curious if this is something we want to address at all.
>>> If the profile photo is used on ASF infrastructure (JIRA, affiliated as a
>>> member of the Apache org on GitHub, etc.), then I think we probably do
>> want
>>> to address it in the Code of Conduct. However, unrelated services like
>>> Google profile photos... that may not be something we want to address,
>>> because the web mail client users use is not related to ASF services
>> (even
>>> if it were know for user that it impacted ASF community by deterring
>>> potential new community members).
>>> In any case, I don't raise this issue to demean the individual whose
>>> profile photo came to my attention... this is not an attack on them.
>> Again,
>>> this is not a witch hunt.
>>> --
>>> Christopher
> -- 
> Niclas Hedhman, Software Developer
> <> - New Energy for Java

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