VEX Girls Discord!

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    Unionjackjz1

    May 14 Van Nuys, California 21S
    Edited last week by Unionjackjz1

    VEX Girls Discord!

    My goal is for this to be a safe space, where gender and sexual minorities can vent and say anything they want without fear of being attacked.

    We have invited some people that have been given the helper role. These people can only view the robotics channels, and are here to help you.

    We hope you join and help us create our ideal community!

    https://discord.gg/HmDpyTu

  2. Forrest Keller

    May 14 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 76209X
    Edited last week by Forrest Keller

    Hey. Just wondering what examples of attacking you have seen here in the vex community. I am new here, so there might be something I am missing, as so far, I have seen that the VEX community is really welcoming to everyone. Honestly just wondering :)

  3. Gear Geeks

    May 14 Event Partner, V5 Beta Tester Virginia, USA 8044

    There has been some controversy, hard feelings and back lash by some over the Girl Powered movement. I think I'll just leave it at that.

  4. Korbin

    May 14 99402

    Is the Discord disbanded?

    It says your link's expired.

  5. Unionjackjz1

    May 14 Van Nuys, California 21S

    @Korbin Is the Discord disbanded?

    It says your link's expired.

    We tested the link after you wrote this, and the link still works.

    Here is an another link you could use https://discord.gg/UeqAdrY

  6. 9065_Parker

    May 14 Platte City Missouri 9065C

    @Korbin Is the Discord disbanded?

    It says your link's expired.

    Discord has time limited links, what @Unionjackjz1 needs to do is post a non-expiring link. The reason they do is because they can prevent brigading, or joining a server to spam or disrupt it.

  7. 224x

    May 14 Malibu High School, California 224X

    I've seen backlash but what attacks to minorities have there been on the forum, I'm pretty sure that anything that's sexist or racist is removed and the people that post it are banned, can you link some of said posts? I'm pretty sure that we can report it

  8. BBBcube3.14

    May 15 Middle of Nowhere 8410C

    what is Discord?

  9. Royal_Waffle

    May 15 Washington State 3249Z -- The Mechanics of Oz

    @BBBcube3.14 what is Discord?

    it's an app for computers and phones that let you communicate with people either over voice or text chat; people make their own channels and invite people into them so they can talk with each other.

  10. BBBcube3.14

    May 15 Middle of Nowhere 8410C

    @Royal_xD it's an app for computers and phones that let you communicate with people either over voice or text chat; people make their own channels and invite people into them so they can talk with each other.

    thanks for the clarification.

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  12. Edited last week by xRiloKOTBx

    I like the idea but does anyone know where can I find the guys discord with ideals such as these?

  13. Royal_Waffle

    May 15 Washington State 3249Z -- The Mechanics of Oz

    @xRiloKOTBx I like the idea but does anyone know where can I find the guys discord with ideals such as these?

    lol there's an "Unofficial VEX Discord", if that matches your description.

  14. To_Bi_As

    May 15 long beach the return of the chikin squad

    @224x I've seen backlash but what attacks to minorities have there been on the forum, I'm pretty sure that anything that's sexist or racist is removed and the people that post it are banned, can you link some of said posts? I'm pretty sure that we can report it

    +1
    I really haven't ever seen attacks to minorities here...

  15. Blatherskite

    May 16 Austin TX 2158R

    the only "attack" against minorities in vex that i have heard of was the incident 2 years ago where an all Hispanic team won a vex iq tournament and the people they beat told them to go back to mexico but that's it. maybe i just haven't heard of any other ones .

  16. Edited last week by xRiloKOTBx

    @Royal_xD lol there's an "Unofficial VEX Discord", if that matches your description.

    I have experience using the platform and I'm sorry to say that just won't do, being presented with ideas different from my own (like people saying that a flywheel was not the best way to score cones), and even worse... constructive criticism.

  17. Kent~929S

    May 16 Parkton, Maryland 929S

    @Blatherskite the only "attack" against minorities in vex that i have heard of was the incident 2 years ago where an all Hispanic team won a vex iq tournament and the people they beat told them to go back to mexico but that's it. maybe i just haven't heard of any other ones .

    There was one I noticed about an all girls team being objectified a lot at worlds, and that's probably the reason this discord was made, but I don't want to name things because it is already being discussed enough. They need space.

  18. Kent~929S

    May 16 Parkton, Maryland 929S

    @224x I've seen backlash but what attacks to minorities have there been on the forum, I'm pretty sure that anything that's sexist or racist is removed and the people that post it are banned, can you link some of said posts? I'm pretty sure that we can report it

    There are a lot of other places where oppression can occur that aren't this forum, such as at worlds, in local competitions, on literally any other social media website, or via text or calling harassment. Nobody that would want to say something controversially against a minority would post it here, unless they lack the most basic intelligence that comes with being alive. Even then, they just get deleted. There are far less people watching and filtering posts on other sites, so it is much more common outside.
    In fact, that's one reason why the discord is so important, because discussion of these actions are hard because they usually go under the radar.

  19. Edited last week by g_sawchuk

    Couple points I'd like to address...

    1. There are numerous attacks on minorities in VEX, as well as in other robotics programs. It's important to consider that an attack can be physical or verbal. Both have the power to make others feel unwelcome to the program. By removing these kinds of attacks you can create a space where people aren't afraid to express their opinions, and more importantly, know their opinions will be valued. This Discord server might be able to create such a space.
    2. This server existing does not harm you in any way. While you might think it might not help you, based off of the numerous people joining it seems that many hope it will help them, and the least you can do is be empathetic to the needs of others.

    Based off of some concerning comments I've heard in person and on other VEX Discords recently, this is a neat idea and should benefit some members of the VEX community. So kudos, Jess.

  20. OscarMNOVA12

    May 16 Event Partner Northern VA and Pittsburgh 12

    After coaching a few all girls teams and seeing some of what they went through at tournaments..this is welcome

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