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THIS is why there are so few women in open source projects.
* with a handful of notable, and very welcome, exceptions**
** if you're not sure if you're one of the exceptions, you're not
FSF to host a mini-summit on Women in Free Software
Posted Aug 27, 2009 2:10 UTC (Thu) by jordanb (guest, #45668)
Love you too!! :D :D :D :D
Posted Aug 27, 2009 3:13 UTC (Thu) by jspaleta (subscriber, #50639)
My gut tells me that the best solutions to the problem are only going to come if we deliberately build a project development team for a FOSS project completely made up of women..deliberately excluding any male participant.. and let that team develop its own cultural norms and workflow without being warped by existing culture. We might have to do several of these experimental projects. The hope would be that such a group would end up pollinating a number of other women-initiated projects over time which start out with this revised development culture and male participants would learn to adapt to it.
But again...I have a Y chromosome so my suggestions as to any solution are already suspect.
Posted Aug 27, 2009 19:57 UTC (Thu) by Skud (guest, #59840)
Posted Aug 27, 2009 20:12 UTC (Thu) by jspaleta (subscriber, #50639)
These are examples of projects that start off with the right culture. Do you have any examples of projects which have successfully made a transition to a more inviting culture? That's the hard part....once a culture is in place for years..how do you successfully transition?
Or is our only hope to burn all the existing projects to the ground and start over? I don't know if I personally have enough gasoline on hand to make that happen.
Posted Aug 27, 2009 20:22 UTC (Thu) by Skud (guest, #59840)
Posted Aug 27, 2009 20:41 UTC (Thu) by jspaleta (subscriber, #50639)
I read it..again..before my last comment...did i miss something? Is there an example at the URL or a link their in which depicts a project that successfully accomplished a cultural transition around an existing codebase instead of building a new culture while building a new codebase? To my reading, both Dreamwidth and AO3 are examples of doing things right very early on. Or did a read that wrong?
But I do appreciate the RTFM attitude...it quote comforting while I am cast adrift in this brave new world of inclusiveness.
Posted Aug 27, 2009 20:52 UTC (Thu) by hypatiadotca (guest, #60478)
Your reading the manuals is appreciated. These discussions can be kinda exhausting. The Geek Feminism wiki and blog are also excellent resources on the topic :)
Posted Aug 27, 2009 21:11 UTC (Thu) by jspaleta (subscriber, #50639)
It's a lot easier to drive a car to where you want to go..if you know where you are. I think a lot of projects know where they want to go..I don't think they know where they are...and they are just starting to figure out its okay to ask for directions. Cultural inertia is a hard problem and we can make just as many wrong turns changing cultures trying to get to where we want to go..as we can deciding on a culture at the beginning.
Posted Aug 28, 2009 4:05 UTC (Fri) by maco (guest, #53641)
Posted Aug 27, 2009 20:01 UTC (Thu) by hypatiadotca (guest, #60478)
Posted Aug 27, 2009 20:47 UTC (Thu) by lizhenry (guest, #60479)
Posted Aug 31, 2009 22:46 UTC (Mon) by njs (guest, #40338)
Just to say, this doesn't necessarily have to be the case. It's us men who have the problems, after all.
An interesting article: http://cavlec.yarinareth.net/2007/03/30/what-some-folks-c...
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