On Sun, Apr 18, 2021 at 11:09:29AM -0600, Mark Galassi wrote:
You articulated it well:
> We have a bit of a problem in that we’re bootstrapping from an
> existing shallow pool of GNU maintainers (and contributors), so
> we’re inheriting the diversity imbalance currently present in GNU.
One possible solution is to expand our membership to include participants in
documentation and translation projects. If someone has worked on a gcc manual or
translation for the linux documentation project, or for Guix, might they be welcome with
us? I think they are both stakeholders and valuable people to their projects, and until
we level the playing field for programmers in underrepresented groups, they might be a
hope for diversity.
Diversity in roles is also diversity. I say this as a white male but I'd
like to believe approaching projects not just from a coding angle counts
as a different view point and it also is a good way to be involved in
making the project better.
This might have some difficult interplay with the concerns people
have brought up about broadening. Was the main concern for infiltration? My initial
intuition is that it would not be a big factor, and that we would be vigilant and figure
it out. Maybe a board member could be immediately recalled if they do not advocate for
the social contract and the code of conduct.
I understood it as either stonewalling and preventing any sort of
meaningful discussion (similar to some of what I've seen in the IRC
channel) or joining with the express plan of maintaining the status quo.
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