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From Daniel Ruggeri <>
Subject Re: Results: ASF Committer Diversity Survey
Date Tue, 20 Dec 2016 00:10:38 GMT
As with ANY organization, diversity is very important for all sorts of reasons. Diversity of
thought challenges the status quo. Diversity of perspective encourages a different way of
looking at things. Diversity of history and motivation brings together different REASONS to
move forward. Diversity of knowledge breeds mentoring and growth for both the teacher and
the learner. Diversity, simply put, keeps a group from becoming a closed off echo chamber
where ideation and innovation is stifled. A lack of diversity within the ranks of committers
and contributors shows potential weaknesses that we, as a community when considering why diversity
is valuable, should WANT to understand and consciously decide if it does represent a problem.

The ASF powers much of the software that makes the tech world turn. This alone is an awesome
responsibility and one that the community which supports the communities (comdev, namely)
has to be aware of. To me, the scope of our "work" becomes an amplification factor for the
importance of diversity.

I know I am mostly a lurker on these lists, but the diversity discussion is particularly near
and dear to some of us... especially those sensitive to the general lack of representation
of women in technology (which I'll point out the data shows to be our greatest disparity in
participation). As folks generally driven by data and hard facts, I guess I'd like to take
this opportunity to raise the REALLY hard questions. The numbers seem to indicate we do, indeed,
have some strong disparities (gender and race). Do we think this is a problem? If so, how
do we address it?
Daniel Ruggeri

-------- Original Message --------
From: Peter West <>
Sent: December 19, 2016 4:45:49 PM CST
Subject: Re: Results: ASF Committer Diversity Survey

Why does the ASF give a tinker’s damn about diversity? Why are scarce resources being devoted
to it? Seriously.

Peter West
“I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”

> On 19 Dec 2016, at 11:36 pm, Sharan F <> wrote:
> Hello Everyone
> A big thank you to everyone that has helped or participated in getting the Committer
Diversity Survey out, and also to all the committers that responded to the survey. It has
been really good to be able to collect this information and see what it tells us about our
committer base. 
> I've loaded the main data and graphs from the survey onto the Community Development wiki
(see link below)
> In total we received 765 responses (out of a 5861 committer base at the time the survey
was run) so around a 13% response rate.  
> We also got 111 feedback comments of which 29 did not give their permission to share
or from quote their comments.
> I've categorised all the comments into various themes / topics with the main ones as
> 	• Suggestions for improvements within the ASF
> 	• Suggestions for improvements to the survey (or any future ones)
> 	• Thanks / positive feedback about the ASF and/or survey
> 	• Feedback and ideas around diversity
> Next steps will be:
> 	• Continue to analyse the information and identify any potential Community Development
related actions 
> 	• Start discussion threads on the various themes and topics raised to see if they
will result in additional actions
> 	• Discuss feedback and diversity ideas and if necessary, integrate into diversity
> Thanks
> Sharan

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