[Osmf-talk] Gender in OSM/OSMF

john whelan jwhelan0112 at gmail.com
Mon Nov 27 13:28:43 UTC 2017

One would hope that we welcome all no matter what gender they declare
themselves as or if they declare themselves at all.

Having people declare their gender means leaving them open to "trolls" and
many feel safer not doing so.

>From my work validating and giving feedback its apparent that you cannot
assume the gender from the user name and I know of a number of people that
would rather be judged by their contributions than by their gender.

Cheerio John

On 27 November 2017 at 03:05, Heather Leson <heatherleson at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear OSMF members
> I'd like to re-open a discussion about gender in this community.  How can
> we improve the gender balance? I know there are some amazing leaders and
> best practices. It would be great to hear from women and other genders that
> are often rare voices. Kate posted about diversity this summer. Let's build
> on this.
> As much as I've been vocal during this period, I tend to read and not
> comment on this forum. The reason for that is partially due to the tone.
> OSM can only truly global if we keep working on this.
> Also, would the "actions" from this discussion flow to the membership
> working group? I notice that there are no women listed on the wiki for this
> group. Maybe we need a "gender chair" to really follow through. The
> "membership working group" does not appear to have the offical
> responsibilty to improve the community experience. If not the "membership
> working group" to take up this gap, then maybe we need a balanced
> "community working group" .
> Thank you and have a good day,
> Heather
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