Began making sexual forking jokes
According to this thread on Hacker News by a man claiming to be the developer who made the joke about dongles that Richards took offense to, “no jokes were made about forking.” He then went on to state the below:
My friends and I had decided forking someone's repo is a new form of flattery (the highest form being implementation) and we were excited about one of the presenters projects; a friend said "I would fork that guys repo" The sexual context was applied by Adria, and not us.*
In software engineering, a project fork happens when developers take a copy of source code from one software package and start independent development on it, creating a distinct piece of software (thereby **forking** the software) The term often implies not merely a development branch, but a split in the developer community, a form of schism.
Free and open source software is that which, by definition, may be forked from the original development team without prior permission without violating any copyright law. However, licensed forks of proprietary software (e.g. Unix) also happen.
Source: Fork (software development)
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