On Mon, Mar 05, 2007, Matthew Garrett wrote: > Research has shown that one of the primary factors deterring women > from involvement in free software is the perceived hostility of many of > the communities. Do candidates believe that mocking of other members of > the project is acceptable, given that a side effect may be to > discourage a significant body of the population from participating > within the project? On a larger perspective, I believe most of the mocking you may have witnessed is a mere epiphenomenon in regard to Debian's general arrogance towards users, inability to communicate and frequent refusal to admit our errors or our defects. I'd also like to stress that poking fun at actions does not necessarily constitute mocking individuals, and is seldom done without a reason. The research you quote also suggests that a major discouraging factor for women to participate in Debian would simply be our high standards of competence, due to their shorter average history in computing. That said, I am all for making computing, Debian usage and Debian development more accessible to women (and I believe the debian-women project addresses a good share of this goal) and my platform has a lot about making Debian a fun place to work and welcoming new people. A friendly atmosphere where people don't attack each other would therefore be preferable. Regards, -- Sam.
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