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Getting the right kind of contributions

Getting the right kind of contributions

Posted May 28, 2008 20:27 UTC (Wed) by clump (subscriber, #27801)
In reply to: Getting the right kind of contributions by NAR
Parent article: Getting the right kind of contributions

If I may play devil's advocate, wouldn't you agree that to be a decent contributor you'd have
to be involved with the kernel community?  And that being involved would inevitably require
reading a fair portion of LKML?  Anyone willing to send a patch to LKML should be familiar
with how LKML operates -- and therefore shouldn't be surprised at the reaction to an unwelcome
patch. 

Your point is valid, in that Asian cultures might be more deterred than others.  It would be
difficult to quantify who was offended and therefore didn't participate.


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Getting the right kind of contributions

Posted May 28, 2008 21:55 UTC (Wed) by chromatic (guest, #26207) [Link]

I've often seen that diabolical argument used to justify the relative lack of participation
from anyone other than mostly young, introverted, Caucasian, middle-class males.  There's
definitely something to the argument that people unwilling to participate won't participate,
but encouraging artificial barriers to participation from people who might otherwise
participate seems counterproductive.

Getting the right kind of contributions

Posted May 29, 2008 9:44 UTC (Thu) by NAR (subscriber, #1313) [Link]

If I remember correctly, the story was about an embedded system maker who modified the Linux
kernel to support its system but didn't submit the patches because didn't want to put up with
flames.


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