[erlang-questions] Calls for Talks: Commercial Users of Functional Programming

Thomas Lindgren thomasl_erlang@REDACTED
Thu Jun 19 19:37:53 CEST 2014

For those not familiar with the SIGPLAN Anti-Harassment Policy, here are the guidelines. Welcome to Gothenburg and enjoy your safe conference!

SIGPLAN Conference Anti-Harassment Policy
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A useful resource is the Geek Feminism Wiki, which includes models for public announcements and guidance for conference staff.
If you hear an inappropriate remark, intended or misjudged, this list of comebacks may prove useful.
SIGPLAN Conference Anti-Harassment Policy | SIGPLAN

Here are the SIGPLAN endorsed comebacks to inappropriate remarks:
Prototype Comebacks Edit
"I don't think that sounds as funny as you want it to sound."Edit
Preemptively destroys "but everyone thinks this is funny".
"We're done."Edit
End the line of discussion. May cause conversation participants to question where they crossed a line.
"Who let you think it would be okay to say something like that?"Edit
Preemptively quashes "I was only joking".
"Wow, women X's are so rare/unusual": reply, "That's why it's so important that I exist"Edit
Shift the dialogue from an othering to recognition.
alternative: "Wow, women X's are so rare/unusual": reply, "Would you rather have a male for this? Do you also have any racial or religious preferences?"Edit
deflection, though this may be contentious in its use.
"Excuse me?" / "I'm sorry, I don't quite understand what you're trying to say. Could you state it more plainly?"Edit
Chime in. Cause the speaker to reflect. Be prepared to follow up.
"It sounds like you are implying <sexist thing>. I'm sure you don't really think that. <change subject>"Edit
Exerts some social pressure against stating <sexist thing>.
"That was sexist."Edit
Just saying it out loud is a good comeback.
"That was sexist, and that is not acceptable here." Edit
If you are in a position of power, such as a boss or community leader, you can create, point to or enforce boundaries in response to an incident.
"Hey dude, not cool." Edit
Simple vernacular disapproval of the action, rather than the person.

ACM Anti-Harassment Policy
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Anti-Harassment Policy — Association for Computing Machinery

On Thursday, June 19, 2014 7:28 PM, Francesco Cesarini <francesco@REDACTED> wrote:

>It would be great to see Erlang represented at the CUFP workshop in 
>Gothenburg September 4-6th. Deadline for submissions is June 27th, so 
>still a few days to bang your heads together and come up with ideas. 
>More info is available on the CUFP website: 
>The annual CUFP workshop is a place where people can see how others are 
>using functional programming to solve real world problems; where 
>practitioners meet and collaborate; where language designers and users 
>can share ideas about the future of their favorite language; and where 
>one can learn practical techniques and approaches for putting functional 
>programming to work.
>Giving a CUFP Talk
>If you have experience using functional languages in a practical 
>setting, we invite you to submit a proposal to give a talk at the 
>workshop. We're looking for two kinds of talks:
>Experience reports are typically 25 minutes long, and aim to inform 
>participants about how functional programming plays out in real-world 
>applications, focusing especially on lessons learned and insights 
>gained. Experience reports don't need to be highly technical; 
>reflections on the commercial, management, or software engineering 
>aspects are, if anything, more important.
>Technical talks are also 25 minutes long, and should focus on teaching 
>the audience something about a particular technique or methodology, from 
>the point of view of someone who has seen it play out in practice. These 
>talks could cover anything from techniques for building functional 
>concurrent applications, to managing dynamic reconfigurations, to design 
>recipes for using types effectively in large-scale applications. While 
>these talks will often be based on a particular language, they should be 
>accessible to a broad range of programmers.
>We strongly encourage submissions from people in communities that are 
>underrepresented in functional programming, including but not limited to 
>women; people of color; people in gender, sexual and romantic 
>minorities; people with disabilities; people residing in Asia, Africa, 
>or Latin America; and people who have never presented at a conference 
>before. We recognize that inclusion is an important part of our mission 
>to promote functional programming. So that CUFP can be a safe 
>environment in which participants openly exchange ideas, we abide by the 
>SIGPLAN Conference Anti-Harassment Policy.
>If you are interested in offering a talk, or nominating someone to do 
>so, please submit your presentation before 27 June 2014 via the
>CUFP 2014 Presentation Submission Form
>You do not need to submit a paper, just a short proposal for your talk! 
>There will be a short scribe's report of the presentations and 
>discussions but not of the details of individual talks, as the meeting 
>is intended to be more a discussion forum than a technical interchange.
>Nevertheless, presentations will be video taped and presenters will be 
>expected to sign an ACM copyright release form.
>Note that we will need all presenters to register for the CUFP workshop 
>and travel to Gothenburg at their own expense.
>Erlang Solutions Ltd.
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