I love PyCon. And until 2016, I can’t go, because the organizers failed to open a calendar before scheduling the conference in conflict with Passover—for two years running.
This is the story of how a large population was casually excluded from an event that [assigns so much value to being inclusive][CoC]. I say “casually” because it has been almost an entire year since the organizers were made aware of their failure, and they haven’t communicated publicly about it once—not to own up to the problem, and not to take steps to prevent it from happening again. Given the swift actions following incidents ([pyconincident1], [pyconincident2], [donglegate][donglegate]) at PyCon, it’s hard to feel that this failure is being treated with any kind of gravity when it escapes mention for so long, so it’s time to speak up.
Before I dive into the details, I’d like to stress that I have no personal animus with the organizers, and any suggestions of malice or (sigh) “antisemitism” on their part are simply unfou