Re: Mission Statement

I think it might be useful to read the entire mission statement [1], which also says:

"The GNOME foundation must not stifle the interest of outsiders. An ill-conceived foundation could discourage outsider participation directly, by establishing rules which limit the ability of potential contributors to make their mark, or indirectly, by engendering an alienating sense of elitism. The stained glass of the cathedral creates a colorful spectacle for those inside, but from the outside, the building is just a hulking grey edifice, intimidating and impenetrable.

This principle has real, concrete meaning for the foundation: All discussions must be publicly viewable, any person must have the opportunity to contribute to the decision-making process, and every GNOME contributor must have the direct ability to influence the decisions which are made. The foundation must be democratic and friendly to those responsible for making GNOME what it is."

I think OPW is a working to address this. Whether or not it's pleasant to think about, women are, to a large extent, outsiders who have traditionally been discouraged from participating in the FOSS community. I think it's legitimate for us to decide how much of our resources we put into this, but I do think it addresses real issues, and has been very successful.



On Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 10:16 PM, Máirín Duffy <duffy fedoraproject org> wrote:

On Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 8:39 PM, Jim Nelson <jim yorba org> wrote:
... except that all four of those projects correspond almost exactly to the first sentence of the GNOME mission statement that Ryan quoted: "to create a computing platform for use by the general public that is completely free software."

I think OPW is a fantastic program and, from what I've seen, it's netted GNOME a good deal of positive publicity and goodwill, on top of the fact that it's addressing one of the more glaring problems in the software industry today. 

That said, studying the mission statement and considering Ryan's concerns, I think he's raising some valid questions.

Women do represent a pretty significant portion of the general public, no? I think for men by men probably doesn't meet the "general public" qualifier there.


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