Re: Core KDE member about HIG^W female contributors
On Mon, 16 May 2005 13:23:09 +0200, Telsa Gwynne
I wanted to contribute and give something back to a
movement that has given me a lot. And it's a movement that probably
needs Telsa the writer or Telsa the bug-finder or even Telsa the
approver-of-posts-held-for-moderation a lot more than Telsa the
trying-to-write-code. And I understand that.
But damn, the idea that all of this is completely and utterly subordinate
to your "clever coders" galls me.
Thank you, Tessa, for making this point clear. I don't know how many (not
only) women are lost for the Open Source movement this way, but it's
exactly what you describe that prevented me from actually joining a
project, and I know some other women who stopped their involvement due to
this. The problem is that it simply doesn't help that _some_ members of
the relevant project value your work and see your talents (even admit that
you are better at doing certain things than they) when the overall feeling
Tessa describes prevails.
Unfortunately the coder-rule!-mentality seems to be an inherent part of
the definition of Open Source projects, and although many hackers of the
"first generation" (like Ted T'so) have recently made it clear that this
can't be the future, it's probably not to change soon since it seems that
the majority of the "next generation" hasn't learned this lesson yet but
joins projects because the coders-rule!-mentality attracts them, not
despite of it.