the GenderChanger Academy
naturally brewed since November 1999
/ /bin /boot /dev /etc /home /lib /usr/bin /usr/src /proc/interrupts /sbin /var/log /var/mail
/ is root - the start of everything
technical comment : the navigation of this site is designed in a linux-system style. each directory is a metaphore for the directories in the linux file system, so browsing through our site can give you an idea about the concept behind each directory. the directories in linux are not just folders, but the backbone of the operating system. The order of the directories is alphabetical like computers list directory-names.
The logical hierarchy of the GCA website is designed in a way a typical linux directory tree is organized. Unfortunately a "technical" structure often excludes those who are not familiar with the structure from participation. Our goal here, is not to confuse people, but to introduce people to the linux file system in a way that may be memorable.
Briefly: knowing about the directory structure of the linux operating system you may smile about the metaphores from daily life when browsing through this site.
In case you know nothing or only little about linux it is more difficult to guess why and how this website is structured, so I will try to explain how the idea came up and what is intended.
During a linux installation course we found out that it is really really difficult to delve into all the technical terms at once. You ask for one expression - and you will get an answer containing three other expressions you never heard about. Then, usually, people just tell you - RTFM! (Read The Fucking Manual!) - which sounds important, and which may make you feel, as if you were at the very beginning of your nerdy career.
Reading all the manuals generally will provide you with information. Probably this will end up in lonely weeks of reading through frustratingly boringly written technical manuals with lots of abbreviations and links to many more manuals. Be a hero...
People (with different gender socialization) behave differently, when starting to pose questions. This behaviour depends both on how they evaluate their basic technical knowledge and on how they expect their counterparts to react. Making people expect "RTFM" as bloody advice is proven to be an effective means to keep people out. I consider this an old-fashionned way of 'teaching' newbies.
When we were discussing about different ways of teaching and possibilities of learning, the idea came up - first as a joke - to mix daily life experience and technical knowledge. This didactical method is well known in recent didactic research but it is seldom applied in computer education.
So what we did is:
we built our website's link structure in a way a typical linux directory tree is organized. On every page you can read technical information (in typewriter letters) about what the directory with the same name is used for in the linux directory tree.
The contents of each page is about and/or links to websites of real life groups, happenings and so on. They also include information collected from the web about entities which are in each particular directory if your running a linux system.
In case you want to learn more about the directory structure: read the information in typewriter font.
In case you want to learn more about fine groups you can search in /bin and /usr/bin.
In case you have linux on your own computer and need some help, want to install a program or learn more about what your computer is made of - have a look at the different directories on our webpage and on your linux-system. Tell us per email what info you are missing and if you think this website-structure is helpful for you or not.