Ruiz said some of the other developers, as expected, complained that Mouette's post was in bad taste, an abuse of Debian resources, and sexist. Other developers stepped in to throw the standard accusations of a lack of a sense of humour, censorship, etc.
"Afterwards, Joss posted in his blog and on Debian Planet a confirmation that the post was done with the intention to offend ('I will go on shocking these people. And they won't like it more than in the past'), probably along with some of his friends ('I prefer to
just laugh at them with the help of some fellow developers'), and diminishing those people that take Debian seriously ('Yet a large number of developers are taking this project way too seriously. To say it in other words, they have a carrot up the a***.')," Ruiz said.
"I was involved in a brief discussion in his blog, in which he targeted all his anger towards Debian against me ('The Debian social environment is ignominious, and you are among the people who are making it this way'). The discussion wasn't leading anywhere, so I just let it be."
Ruiz said she had received a number of messages supporting her stance. "I understand that it's quite hard for people to step in into that kind of discussion, when most of just want to have fun and develop something we can feel proud of, and not entering any battle or have to get involved in a war of insults. The effective result, in any case, is that those complains are usually kept in private and are not seen for most of the observers," she said.
But there were some who attacked her for complaining, "for example being accused of not being able to work in a big project because I didn't find that joke appropriate, or that I didn't have the right to complain because I often use a childish nickname in the IRC chatting network."
She says she was surprised by the reaction, "most of all, by the lack of public response complaining against that message and by the attacks I received in private messages from some members from which I didn't expect because of complaining."