BSidesSF's Violet Blue debacle
BSidesSF ended on an unsettled note in February 2013, after a complaint led to a canceled talk. A lot of people were upset that a talk would be canceled after criticism from just one person. The talk was to be delivered by Violet Blue, a writer and podcaster specializing in sex education.
At the time, we questioned why she was put on the agenda in the first place. But that's not why this incident made our list. Rather, it's because of the ham-handed way in which one of the event organizers handled the matter. The better approach would have been standing up for the talk after putting it on the roster.