“While it's important that people don't overtrust their software, and recognize that all software has the potential to be compromised, FOSS is by definition the only software that can help you resist surveillance. Since the source code is shared openly, it becomes much harder for a malicious actor, like a government intelligence agency, to insert a backdoor... I would rather put my trust in a community of relatively like-minded people who value transparency, privacy, and freedom, rather than black box software from companies that have already violated our trust and our rights.” ~ Alison Macrina, Library Freedom Project
"What might be "accessible" to one group might not work for another,
and we aren't always thoughtful of how to make things more available
to everyone. For instance, how many of our programs are screenreader
friendly for the blind and low-vision community? How many times do
non-native English speakers get left out of meetings, or silenced during
conversations, because we don't pause for them to keep up?"
~ Mel Chua
"Good on you for keeping at this!"
“I could link you directly to the right documentation, but I'd prefer to show you how to read our docs. Up for that? It will help you more in the long run.”
"I don't understand your question. Let's talk through your problem and figure out the best way to phrase it, so you can get answers more quickly in the future."
"This task may be hard but it will be so satisfying at the end. :)"
"The free software movement is basically [too] entrenched in white European male, academic culture to do
the maximum productive outreach to non-traditional communities that are less technically
inclined. The disconnect is rooted in larger societal problems around access to education and the
longer term industrial shift from the blue collar to the tech worker as the new middle class. The
solution is for people of color to take up the responsibility bridge these gaps where at all possible
to bring the technology to new spaces."
~ Kendra Moyer
Kate Losse's The Unbearable Whiteness of Breaking Things, Indignant Monkeys on YouTube, Joe Spolsky's Law of Leaky Abstractions, Kimberlé Crenshaw's theory of Intersectionality, Online Diversity & Harrassment Roundtable
"01 Siemens MAGNETOM Trio" by Image Editor, CC BY 2.0
"A Light Symphony" by Kevin Dooley, CC BY 2.0