The world of tech is infamously hostile to women and people of color. The lack of diversity and inclusion can be seen from the top down. By down, I mean all the way down, as in comments from random Internet trolls.
Bottom of the barrel dudes are always ready to pop up and question a woman’s credentials in the world of STEM. Coding engineer and former Victoria’s Secret model Lyndsey Scott has been dealing with this sort of stuff since the beginning of both her careers and she’s gotten pretty good at smacking the creeps down.
This story actually happened in late 2018, but a screenshot of Scott destroying people with a clap back in the comments got shared to Reddit again by u/extraneousness to the subreddit r/MurderedByWords.
It’s of an Instagram from @coding.engineer which shows Scott on the catwalk in her VS garb and the info that she can code in Python, C++, Java, MIPS, and Objective C. I only know what like three of those things even are, so that’s pretty impressive.
But the commenters didn’t think they should be impressed at all, and suggested over and over that Scott was exaggerating her abilities. One even wrote, “What a waste,” implying something about how Scott should be doing something else with her life?
The screenshot also showed Scott’s response, in which she clarifies that she is on the iOS tutorial team for a website, a lead software engineer for another one, has a BA from Amherst where she double majored in computer science and theater, and says she is able to live her life doing everything she loves! Hell yeah.
Scott also commented on the back-and-forth with her haters in an Instagram post, writing:
“Just saw this post. Thanks, for the shout-out @coding.engineer! ?That said, I normally try to ignore negatively, but decided to jump into the comment section of this one. Not trying to brag lol, just stating facts in the hope I’ll convince at least one negative commenter that programmers can come in all shapes, sizes, genders, races, etc. so they’ll think twice before doubting other women and girls they encounter in tech.”
She’s the hero we need.
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Just saw this post. Thanks, for the shout-out @coding.engineer! ?That said, I normally try to ignore negatively, but decided to jump into the comment section of this one. Not trying to brag lol, just stating facts in the hope I’ll convince at least one negative commenter that programmers can come in all shapes, sizes, genders, races, etc. so they’ll think twice before doubting other women and girls they encounter in tech. (Thanks for tagging me @thanos_codes! ❤️) #Repost @coding.engineer ・・・ CODING IS FOR ANYONE! @science @girlswhocode @blackgirlscode From @codingblog #coding #codinglife #codingisfun #codingpics #coder #coderlife #programmer #programmers #programmerslife #programmerlife #programmerhumor #programming #programmings #programminglife #programmingcontest
Commenters on Reddit actually checked up on Scott’s credentials (ahem, did you learn nothing?), and shared that on Stack Overflow she is exactly as good as she says. This is from Redditor u/storm_detach:
Check out her profile. I don’t know how Stack Overflow crunches these numbers, but by their own ranking system, she is in the “top 0.84% overall” of users, putting her in the 99th percentile on a site with over 10 million registered users.
She’s apparently given the best and most accurate answer to other users’ problems 414 separate times, which doesn’t include helpful clarifying comments or assists – only the times when the questioner specifically singled out her answer as being the best. Stack Overflow estimates that her activity on the site alone has helped approximately 1.5 million people.
And check out her top posts. Lots of Stack Overflow questions are answered correctly, but not necessarily thoroughly. Her top answers look like professional reports. She actually uses the formatting options to make it all readable, tons of code examples, screenshots, alternative solutions, citations.
This is obviously a woman who does everything she claims, and stylishly. Don’t question a SO score if you’re not willing to share your own.