So, this is the first time I actually feel somewhat down while reading a Rust thread.
I am coming to this from a position of a minority group, (a disabled person with English as my 3rd language) and my own opinion on this is that while there certainly needs to be a lot of effort in building a diverse community for Rust, I don’t feel like that is something that that any member of the Rust core, moderation or whatever team is trying to “shrug under the rug” in any way.
As someone who watched Rust grow to what it is today for more than a year, I had many interactions with various members of the community and not once have I felt that they are in any way unwelcoming or non-inclusive.
They’ve been the nicest group of people I’ve dealt with online and Rust has the first community I actually feel like an integral part of.
Now, I don’t want this to sound like I am just brushing this off or anything, I am just trying to say that people need to not assume malice where there is none. Rather, it is a simple act of trying to deliver something as large as a new programming language, package manager and a browser rendering engine within the promised time-frame and at the greatest quality possible with constrained resources.
I also think that the core team was perhaps somewhat under the impression that the community is pretty good at “self-organising” in the sense of welcoming new members to the community, (I certainly think that they are) and if yes, then that’s actually a great thing, I would say.
Look, communities that have had prominent women among them have only benefited from it, see for example all the amazing work Jessica McKellar has been doing in the Python world or Sandi Metz for the Ruby community.
It would be truly amazing to have such people in the Rust community too and I am not aware of a particular reason why that shouldn’t happen here.
I realize that some of you have said that you were discharged from getting into Rust, because of the complete lack of women in the core team.
Well, I certainly understand your sentiment here, but please don’t go away if you feel that way, instead join the community, contribute and eventually join the core team, if you want to - I really did not see any indication as to why this should not be possible.
You may feel that you don’t want to join, because there simply aren’t women in the community already and that somehow speaks badly of us, but here again, I would just like to repeat to please not assume malice where there is none, otherwise you’ll just be supporting this self-fulfilling prophecy; no women -> I won’t join -> no women -> I won’t join -> no women -> (You see where I am going with this?)
We need more diversity and I’ve been focusing on gender here, but this really goes equally for race, sexual orientation, economic conditions, political stance or any other diversity metric that you want to apply here, my only plea is that if you are a member of a minority, please don’t write us off just because there isn’t more of you, this is not due to bad intention on our part, (although more could certainly have been done), instead join us and make us more diverse!