« on: October 13, 2011, 12:45:21 pm »
For the sake of fairness, I think random sorting would be the most prudent measure. I understand the desire to ensure that marginalized voices are heard, but giving any group preferred speaking status only creates the potential for some other group to be marginalized. Now, I'm aware that the idea of white guys are in no danger of being marginalized, and, eventually, everyone gets to talk, but you've still created an unnecessarily adversarial situation, albeit a silly one that I don't personally think is worth getting this excited over. It puts us into a we and they mindset, which, I believe, is harmful. If we really want systemic reform, we need to start thinking, not in terms of we vs. they, but mechanic vs. machine. We are not fighting a group of people; we are fighting a system.