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From Ted Dunning <>
Subject Re: Encouraging Diversity - Update 1
Date Mon, 30 May 2016 15:42:32 GMT

One possible explanation of an under-representation problem (assuming we
have one ... you point out rightly that we should measure first) is that
*other* factors have given the impression that open source communities are

For instance, I could imagine that the recent Gamergate hullabaloo might
cause a (mis)perception that open source projects are like that. Or it
could be other communities are tarring us with their brush.

This would lead to something very much like what some people are claiming
is the situation, that is that ASF communities are plenty welcoming and
friendly but we still wind up with lots less participation than you might
otherwise expect.

I can't say that this *is* the case, but it might be a possible mechanism
to keep an eye out for.

On Mon, May 30, 2016 at 1:27 PM, Sharan Foga <> wrote:

> Hi Everyone
> A quick update following on from my thread about encouraging women to
> participate in ASF projects.
> I've contacted a few women's groups but not everyone has replied. Full
> details are on the wiki page I've setup.
> I'll be doing some follow up this week if I don't hear anything.
> A big thank you to Tamao who connected me to her contact at Hackbright. As
> she mentioned in her previous post, Hackbright are looking into open source
> programs and partnerships so the ASF could be a very good fit. We have a
> call planned for 16^th June.
> Also on the wiki page – I've started drafting some ideas about a general
> high level diversity strategy with a mission statement and some deliverable
> outcomes. From that I've tried to take it down another level to think about
> what we would need to deliver that outcome.
> One thing that keeps recurring is that we don't know what diversity we
> have now so will need to perform some kind of survey to measure it. A short
> survey seems an easy answer to the problem so will see if I can put
> together a draft.
> Anyway – this is where I've got to at the moment so any feedback,
> comments, ideas welcome.
> Thanks
> Sharan

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