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From Noah Slater <>
Subject Re: Encouraging Diversity - Update 6
Date Thu, 10 Nov 2016 17:10:56 GMT
Some things we did on CouchDB that I think could work for other projects:

-  Started a lot of discussions (some private, some public) regarding
people's conduct on IRC, bug trackers, mailing lists etc (moving people to
a more "yes, and" culture, encouraging friendly and open communication,
particularly from people with a lot of visibility and reputation in the
- Pushing for an "it's easier to ask forgiveness than it is to ask for
permission" culture
- Create a diversity statement (communicates to potential community members
what our values are)
- Create a Code of Conduct (communicates that we're serious about
protecting people)
- Create a set of bylaws (communicates the project power structure and how
to gain access to it)
- Explicitly (via bylaws and project mailing list creation and other
activities and communications) recognise merit in *non-technical*
contributions (for example, marketing, community development, design)

I see that a lot of this is already covered by your notes!

On Tue, 8 Nov 2016 at 21:58 Sharan Foga <> wrote:

> Hi Everyone
> It's been a while since my last update as I've been away. I'm now starting
> to pick things up again so please see below for a brief update.
> *Women in Big Data*
> The WIBD group asked for a speaker to present to their members in the San
> Francisco area. Kathy Saunders responded and this event is being called An
> Evening with the Apache Software Foundation - “The Benefits of Being Open”
> It has been changed from a presentation to a panel discussion made up of 3
> female ASF committers. The event will take place tomorrow 9th November 2016
> and details can be found here.
> Good luck with the event and I'll try and get some feedback on it as
> another event may be planned if this one is successful.
> *Dataworks Summit 2017*
> I've had are request about the Dataworks Summit 2017 in Munich. Their CFP
> is open and they are wanting to attract more women to this event so would
> like to encourage them to submit speaking proposals.
> The deadline for submissions is 11th November.
> *Hackbright Academy*
> Luciano Resende kindly volunteered to do a presentation for the Hackbright
> Academy in San Francisco. I don't think that this talk has been organised
> yet so am following up with them about it.
> *Committer Survey*
> Thanks to everyone that has given me feedback, ideas and general comments
> on this. I now have the final version of the survey prepared and ready to
> send out to the committers mailing list. We are in the process of setting
> up some LDAP authentication to ensure that only committers can access the
> survey weblink.
> One of the main concerns about the survey was privacy so the survey itself
> will be completely anonymous.
> Almost all of the responses will be consolidated and reported as
> statistics, however there is one question where the person taking the
> survey can give an opinion or enter comments. As quotes can sometimes be
> very useful, (especially if we are seeing common themes), I have added a
> section for the person to give their permission (or not) for us to quote
> their comments from this question. We still won't know who the person is,
> only that we can quote them if they say 'Yes'.
> I'm hoping that the survey can go out this week. It will run for 2 weeks
> so we will be collecting responses during Apachecon EU and maybe able to
> provide some snapshot data at the conference. Based on this timing we are
> hoping to have the full set of results available by the end of November.
> *General Diversity Approach and Strategy*
> I haven't had much time to update this on the wiki but once the committer
> survey is complete I will be able to perhaps tailor it based on the results.
> I'm still interested in getting feedback and ideas from anyone about ways
> to develop the strategy and actions we can take to help encourage diversity.
> Please feel free to let me have any feedback, comments and ideas.
> Thanks
> Sharan
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