acloudguru Drank the Woke Koolaid
I signed up for LinuxAcademy back in 2013 - 2014 to learn Linux and AWS. I ended up going down the networking path, but I kept a subscription active because I enjoyed their content even though I wasn't really using it. Looking back I probably should have just cancelled the subscription and saved the money. It seems like the subscription platforms always deep discounts throughout the year anyway.
I'm looking to get some cloud certification and I logged back in for the first time in a few years and I have to say I'm not really sure ACloudGuru is an improvement over what LinuxAcademy used to be. I find their whole "Forums" / "Rooms" concept atrocious. It seems like they have hundreds of different rooms, probably one per course they have. On one hand it makes sense to have a room per course, but it makes it really hard if you have to post something general that isn't related to a specific course. Not that you'll get a reply to your question. It seems like a lot of the questions go answered.
When I logged in three weeks ago I was prompted to agree to their new terms of service otherwise they would cancel my grandfathered plan. I ignored the pop-up and continued with what I wanted to do. I expected them to prompt me to agree the next time I logged back in, but it didn't do that tonight. I went to their policies to see if there was some place to agree, but I couldn't find any.
I happened to read through their Code of Conduct and there are some doozies listed. It sounds like it was created by someone with really fragile self-esteem who has no business being connected to the internet or society if they're that fragile. Here's the parts that were super ridiculous:
"Harassment includes, but is not limited to:
- Physical contact and simulated physical contact (eg, textual descriptions like “hug” or “backrub”) without consent or after a request to stop
Our open source community prioritizes marginalized people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort. We will not act on complaints regarding:
- ‘Reverse’ isms, including ‘reverse racism,’ ‘reverse sexism,’ and ‘cisphobia’
- Criticizing racist, sexist, cissexist, or otherwise oppressive behavior or assumptions"
Am I the only person who thinks it's ridiculous that typing "hug" or "backrub" to someone "without consent" is considered harassment by them? I'm of the mindset that "reverse racism" isn't really a thing because it's still racism, but directed at caucasian people. However, something tells me that they won't respond to complaints about racism towards caucasian people like they would racism directed towards "marginalized" people as they put it. I'm really surprised they didn't have something in their that said "all white people are racist and there is nothing they can do to change it."
I find it funny that tech companies want to push diversity and inclusion except when it comes to view points that are of the wrong political persuasion or when it involves including "privileged people".
I though CompTIA going through and changing their vocabulary was bad. I really feel like cancelling my acloudguru subscription. Anyone know of any good alternatives?