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ISO Dreamwidth Developers for Interviews

candle
So, my last class for my Master's is Inequality and New Media. For my final project, I wanted to take a look at Dreamwidth. In the presentation [staff profile] denise and [staff profile] mark made at LCA, they said that 75% of their coders are women. I'm curious about what factors lead to the increased participation of women in coding, particularly open source projects, where women are historically under-represented. Dreamwidth has been so successful in this way. I'm hoping to use interview data to get at why that may be.

I love to speak with anyone (male, female, or any of the other gender flavors) who has done any coding whatsoever for Dreamwidth. Whatever you tell me will be kept confidential. I'll be using pseudonyms in my final paper, and your identity will not be revealed. You can email me at karenwolf@gmail.com. I'm looking to do interviews largely over IRC, at some mutually convenient time.

Denise knows I'm working on this project, and has generally ok'd my writing about Dreamwidth, but neither she nor Mark (nor anyone else) are responsible for anything I say/do/write.

I may also use information in public posts, but I WILL NOT be mining any private data (locked posts, #dw, stuff like that) for this project.

Please feel free to signal boost this... I will likely crosspost as the day goes on.

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"A lesson learned, a loving god, and things in their own time
in nothing more do I trust
we own nothing, nothing is ours
not even love so fierce, it burns like baby stars
but this poverty is our greatest gift
the weightlessness of us as things around begin to shift"

-- Indigo Girls

"'And whatever it is that keeps widening your heart, that's Mary, too, not only the power inside you but the love. And when you get down to it, Lily, that's the only purpose grand enough for a human life. Not just to love -- but to persist in love.'

"She paused. Bees drummed their sound into the air. August retrieved her hands from the pile on my chest, but I left mine there.

"'This Mary I'm talking about sits in your heart all day long, saying, "Lily, you are my everlasting home. Don't you ever be afraid. I am enough. We are enough."'"

-- The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd

"God loves us exactly the way we are, and he loves us too much to let us stay this way."
-- Anne Lamott

"But I'll push myself up through the dirt
And shake my petals free
I'm resolved to being born
And so resigned to bravery"
-- Dar Williams, "Spring Street"

"'Have you got any soul?' a woman asks the next afternoon. That depends, I feel like saying; some days yes, some days no. A few days ago I was right out; now I've got loads, too much, more than I can handle. I wish I could spread it a bit more evenly, I want to tell her, get a better balance, but I can't seem to get it sorted. I can see she wouldn't be interested in my internal stock control problems though, so I simply point to where I keep the soul I have, right by the exit, just next to the blues."

-- High Fidelity, Nick Hornby

"This is my timey-whimey detector. Goes ding when there's stuff."
-- Tenth Doctor, "Blink", Doctor Who

"People really, truly believe that it is not only acceptable, but right to treat fat people with disdain. I’m sad to say that I’ve been inculcated with enough societal garbage that I occasionally hate my own body–but as a thin (white, able-bodied, etc.) person I cannot fathom what it must be like to have others take it upon themselves to hate my body for me. As I’ve said before, if you think fat people have no self-discipline, consider the fact that they haven’t killed you yet."

-- Robin "Miss Conduct" Abrahams
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