Micro.blog

macgenie
macgenie
Diversity and Inclusion at Micro.blog: Where We Are, Where We Want to Go micro.welltempered.net
vasta
vasta

@macgenie Thank you for sharing this! I know we have a lot of work to do, but I'm heartened by just how intentional this work is as part of micro.blog and the whole community.

macgenie
macgenie

@vasta Thanks for saying that. Iโ€™m happy you are here!

eli
eli

@macgenie ๐Ÿ™Œ ๐Ÿ™Œ ๐Ÿ™Œ

amit
amit

@macgenie the fact that the community has been, is still continuously thinking about this, as it grows, convinces me that the effort will be successful. Boundaries on whatโ€™s just not acceptable are better drawn before it gets late โ€” micro.blog is clearly on right path.

macgenie
macgenie

@eli ๐Ÿ™Œ backatcha! โ˜บ๏ธ

Ron
Ron

@macgenie Good job. As well as race & gender, I think it would be a good idea to encourage more use by non-Apple users, as well.

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macgenie
macgenie

@Ron No one should feel unwelcome here.

Burk
Burk

@macgenie Thanks for all you do for the micro.blog community Jean!

Ron
Ron

@macgenie I've never felt the least bit unwelcome here!! Not at all, ever! That was not my point at all.

macgenie
macgenie

@Ron I wouldnโ€™t blame you if you did. I have a few non-Apple-using acquaintances who can be trying in their disdain for my chosen platform! ๐Ÿ™‚

JohnPhilpin
JohnPhilpin

@Burk @macgenie ๐Ÿ‘

macgenie
macgenie

@Burk Likewise. I appreciate you keeping tabs on our emoji experiment. ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿค“๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป

schuth
schuth

@macgenie So glad to see this post; thank you! Another thing that complicates gauging the diversity of a community is that weโ€™re attuned to look for visual markers, which often arenโ€™t apparent or are hard to gauge. (I run into this often at work.) Orientation/expression, (dis)ability, & socio-economic status (naming just a few others of a very deep iceberg) are unlikely to show up in a cursory look at a user profile unless explicitly stated, which relies on a personโ€™s level of comfort in sharing that/those aspects of their personhood. Helping those amplify those voices in a way that respects their privacy is tricky, but Iโ€™m convinced we can do it.

Ron
Ron

@macgenie Haha. I'm a full grown adult. It would just be nice to see some discussion here of useful things on platforms, not just one.

Ron
Ron

@Ron on many platforms, not just one.

benhager
benhager

@macgenie ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

desparoz
desparoz

@macgenie provides a great challenge to look outside our normal circles to encourage a wide range of people to participate and be included on Micro.blog.

A great challenge indeed, thanks Jean!

macgenie
macgenie

@desparoz We can do it. ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ

desparoz
desparoz

@macgenie Best. Reply. Ever.

mdhughes
mdhughes

@macgenie @Ron I've recently had some weird interactions with FLOSS-only people who think use of Apple tech is oppressive and OMG so expensive. But realistically, it's far harder to make & support Android, Linux, or Windows software at comparable quality.

Ron
Ron

@mdhughes I wouldn't know about that, I'm a tax acct, not a developer. In bkpg & tax prep Windows dominates. I started with Apple II+ but had to switch to Win to make a living. And I will admit, I should probably floss a whole lot more!

hjertnes
hjertnes

@macgenie ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Would you say that the trend is a more diverse or less diverse micro blog?

Denny
Denny

@macgenie So glad to see this. Iโ€™ve noticed this same thing & it lingers in my mind when I spend time here. I end up feeling a kind of guilt because it feels so closed, exclusive. I know thatโ€™s not the intent but your post is the first Iโ€™ve seen to explicitly address it. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ

jack
jack

@Ron "I should probably floss a whole lot more" I nearly spit my drink reading that :). Although I wouldn't classify "platform diversity" in the same way as the diversity intended by this thread, I can understand why you would be disappointed in what appears to be an Apple focus here. Being an "Apple Person" myself, I can attest that for some reason we love talking about every silly little Apple-related detail. I'm guilty! In my defense, I have been talking a bit about Linux lately. Does that count? :).

hope
hope

@macgenie Well, I might be the first and only blind person to have joined micro.blog. I was one of the first to join Twitter back in 2007.

mdhughes
mdhughes

@Ron Yes, always floss after candy-floss or FLOSS!

For some reason, Windows devs working on tax software aren't the life of the party on new social sites, Mac and web nerds are.

hope
hope

@macgenie I'm always interested in trying new social networks and services etc. Although I'm probably not mainstream when it comes to my viewpoint. I consider myself fairly libertarian.

hjertnes
hjertnes

@jack Keyboards isn't small or silly ๐Ÿ˜‘

Ron
Ron

@jack Ha ha ha. You totally get a pass, as I find your Org Mode postings interesting, & I may try out Spacemacs. PLUS you post about cameras, great photos of your dogs, notebooks, good stuff. Maybe I'll get up the nerve to buck the tide and post something about Android stuff. :)

jack
jack

@Ron I would wager that this is one of the "safest" places online to do just that. As someone "Android Curious" I certainly wouldn't mind!

Ron
Ron

@mdhughes Okay, just for you.

hjertnes
hjertnes

@jack does emacs run on Android?

Ron
Ron

@jack I wouldn't bet against you. Something is cooking up in my mind about that, but gotta get back to earning some dough for today. Watch for something from me in a day or a few. @macgenie

kwlblt
kwlblt

@macgenie I'm grateful for this focus from the outset. So far, I've held a self-imposed rule that white men can only make up 50% of the accounts I follow on m.b. Not everyone can do this, and sometimes (like you said) race and gender are not apparent -- but who you follow matters.

adiabatic
adiabatic

@mdhughes @ron it seems like itโ€™s always mostly web nerds, most of whom use Macs. Especially for new social networks built on interesting technical foundations.

adiabatic
adiabatic

@Ron please do. Iโ€™m always curious what goes on in Androidland.

mdhughes
mdhughes

@Ron I didn't make a tilde.club account because I used to do that on the college radio station computer, and still do on my gallery site. But neocities looks amusingโ€ฆ

macgenie
macgenie

@hjertnes Definitely we are trending toward more diverse community.

macgenie
macgenie

@Denny Glad you are here!

macgenie
macgenie

@kwlblt Agreed. We are doing our best to make the community aware of different voices via Discover. It is a lot easier to have a rule of thumb like yours on Twitter where there are so many more people.

macgenie
macgenie

@hope Iโ€™m glad you are here. Please do feel free to give us feedback. I know we want to make Micro.blog as accessible as we can as well. /@manton

mjdescy
mjdescy

@macgenie @manton Jean's blog post inspired me to publish my thoughts regarding diversity on Micro.blog: โ€œStrategies to increase diversity on Micro.blogโ€

akurjata
akurjata

@macgenie I know you've seen this, but since I'm not super good at pinging conversations, just linking my reply to you here for posterity andrewkurjata.ca/micro/201...

hope
hope

@macgenie Besides my Wp imports not wanting to finish for some reason, I haven't had too many problems. Usually the issue lies between the keyboard and the chair.

modernlittleme
modernlittleme

@macgenie yyyeeesss!!! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ

hjertnes
hjertnes

@macgenie Great ๐Ÿ˜

hope
hope

@macgenie By the way, most everything works fine except when I'm posting, the contents of the field appear blank. I know they aren't because I'm typing and hear the words. Also I can select and copy the content to paste it into a text editor.