[Chaoss-members] diversity and open source: measure anti-diversity

dmg dmg at turingmachine.org
Mon Aug 13 20:46:23 UTC 2018

I think it is worth investigating what are "anti-diversity" actions.
"Toxicity" is more an adjective than
a noun, e.g.: this action is toxic (in a particular context). Keep in mind that
here we are moving into the different classifications of "inclusion".
So an action might be
consider anti-diversity in one classification of inclusion/diversity,
but be neutral in another.

Basically, there the actions of a project towards diversity and
inclusion are a spectrum from:

Proactive passing through neutral all the way to anti-diversity.

My personal view is that being "neutral" might be a desirable state
for some projects.

On Mon, Aug 13, 2018 at 1:40 PM, Matt Germonprez <germonprez at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Daniel,
> When you say anti-diversity, are you thinking of things like toxicity?
> matt
> On Mon, Aug 13, 2018 at 2:36 PM, dmg <dmg at turingmachine.org> wrote:
>> I listened to the last CHAOSS monthly meeting.
>> it seems to me that there is an underlying assumption that open source
>> projects must be diverse
>> and should proactively try to be.
>> In other words, is "diversity neutral" (it does not have pro-diversity
>> actions, but it
>> does not have anti-diversity actions either) a non-desirable state for
>> an open source project?
>> My suggestion is, look into measuring anti-diversity too.
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