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From Rich Bowen <>
Subject Re: Results: ASF Committer Diversity Survey
Date Tue, 20 Dec 2016 14:58:30 GMT

On 12/19/2016 11:39 PM, Niclas Hedhman wrote:
> 2. Are there similar surveys available for say Linux Kernel, Debian or
> GNU/FSF (i.e. other low-visibility, highly technical FOSS projects) ??

Bitergia did one for the Linux Kernel:

Daniel presented some of this data in his talk at ApacheCon in Seville
last month.

Debian has a Debian Women project - - and
I believe they've done a number of studies over the years, but I can't
find any of that data right now. However, I do know who to ask.

The FSF participates in a number of diversity outreach programs,
including Outreachy and their internship program.

PHP Women - - and PyLadies - - have been leading the charge on this for a
decade. WomenInLinux - - are creating
opportunities with scholarships and internships.

I feel like the questions here should be, why are we *so* far behind the
crowd? Why do we appear not to care about something that has been shown
to increase community participation, attract more kids, and build the
next generation of our community?

It seems to me that the ASF *should have* been on the leading edge of
this wave, not struggling to catch up. This is not politics. This is
making free software more mainstream - something that we're supposed to
be good at. We pride ourselves at being "business friendly" but act as
though actual progress in that direction is "politics".

And we're really only at the "find out" stage of things, and the
brodudes like this Peter character are already climbing out of their
caves to shout down even looking into the situation. It all makes me
ask, in genuine perplexity, what is so appealing about the monoculture
status quo that these folks want to cling to it so hard?

So, back to the point.

Sharan has put together some info. This is science, not politics. She
got a response from a statistically significant percentage of our
community - even more if you take Niclas' assertion ("Most of the
registered committers have been inactive for years") at face value. This
is good solid hard data.

Not politics.

Thanks, Sharan, for your work. What do you view as our next steps? How
can we help?

Rich Bowen - - @rbowen - @apachecon

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