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Back when I was in college the first time, a friend and I decided to drive to the coast over one of our school breaks. We were in Eugene, so our route took us through several little towns on the way to the coast, including Noti.
Someone told us that the nickname for Noti was ‘Nazi’ because it was rumored to have an active chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. I have no idea if it was actually true, but we believed it and we spent the whole time during that part of the drive, praying her little car wouldn’t break down and leave us–one Black and one mixed-race woman–stranded in enemy territory.
We made the drive OK, and had a great time at the coast.
Sites like Reddit and Hacker News feel like the Noti of the Internet. There might be perfectly nice people who live there, but because of some of the neighborhoods, it’s not worth the risk of visiting. If the wrong people find out you exist, they gather their army and launch and all out assault.
Reddit is basically the equivalent of the dark alley you don’t want to walk through alone at night. Most of the women I know in the tech field have similar feelings about it.
Are you a woman who actually uses and enjoys Reddit? I’m not hankering to give it a try, but I’d be curious to hear about your experience.
As for me, I’ll stick to the safer neighborhoods.