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(NPR)   Why is the Open Source community the whitest of all programmer groups?   ( divider line
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2013-12-08 02:23:29 PM  
6 votes:
Everyone knows that white people code like this - "I like open source"
while black people code like this - "Yo, where am dat watty melon".

Don't worry, with an article as stupid as this about a topic as boring as this, no way it'll go green. My stupid racist joke shall never be seen.
2013-12-08 05:50:31 PM  
4 votes:
You'd be white too if you never left the basement.
2013-12-09 11:53:27 AM  
2 votes:
It's funny how this article about ethnic minorities has transformed mostly into an argument about women in tech.

You women always have to make things about yourselves, eh?
2013-12-08 10:19:07 PM  
1 vote:

itcamefromschenectady: The article doesn't present any evidence about the racial makeup of open source contributors; since open source is global, the statistics for US developers are not going to be representative. NPR seems to think all programmers are in the US which is a very alien idea to anybody who works in the industry.

Who needs evidence? It's all about truthiness now. For instance, based on this site's overall political leanings, frequency of racist jokes and comparative lack of outrage at same, and the general response to pictures of white actresses and models versus pics of other ethnicities, I'm declaring that 99.5% of Farkers are upper middle class white male libertarians in their late 20's to early 30's, the majority are college students who have never held a real job, all of them have Asperger's Syndrome to the point of being borderline sociopaths, and at least a third of them are gay based on all the "sharp knees" complaints. Not that sexual orientation is important, given that no Farker has ever had a real life sex partner. They all molest bowls of mashed potatoes while staring at photoshopped images of Jennifer Lawrence and/or Benedict Cumberbatch half-transformed into their favorite My Little Pony mare.

/I, of course, am the exception to the "hetero with no partner" rule, as I am the most handsome man who has ever lived, and I've had more sex than Robert Downey, Jr has had blow. I maintain my looks and stamina by going to the gym every 20 minutes, as required by my commanding admiral in the Marine Core.
2013-12-08 06:57:05 PM  
1 vote:

natazha: I don't know how open source could be any more male and white than commercial programming. In 38 years I never met a single black or Hispanic programmer. Most of the women were Chinese or from India and other than database developers, those were rare.  I did have a black manager for a while, but he was a realtor not a programmer. Special buddy deal.

he was probably packing an Alabama Black Snake.
2013-12-08 06:28:29 PM  
1 vote:
Because the open source community is full of horrible people.  Stunted manchildren.

Also, black people kinda have a thing about giving their labor away for free to white men.
2013-12-08 06:13:22 PM  
1 vote:
its an easy bet that Open Source has alot more minority programmers than gill bates or applehead because Open Source is worldwide.

gill bates and Appledumpling is U.S.A only.       USA#1!!
2013-12-08 05:51:48 PM  
1 vote:
slave drives
2013-12-08 05:03:11 PM  
1 vote:

Rincewind53: itcamefromschenectady: Rincewind53: itcamefromschenectady: I don't think you're disagreeing with me. They generalized based on the US to the "Open Source Community" which is not just the US.

Oh sure. Using statistics of GitHub and F/LOSS as a measure of the  U.S. open source demographics isn't particularly valid, I'll agree.

Wait, what? GitHub collects statistics on race of contributors?

Apparently there was a survey.

I'm not sure there was. I think somebody looked at people's avatars, like this, and made assumptions:

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