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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • because they are about half of the population and so naively I would expect them to be about half the programming population.

    The lack of homosexuals does not bother me unless you can provide information that homosexuals are in programming at disproportionately low rates compared to their incidence [wikipedia.org] in the general population. Given that homosexuals, transgenders, etc tend to cluster, a large fraction of your friends may fall in those groups, but unless you can convince me that under 1-2% of programmers are g

    • Even though I started with the GLTB piece, I guess my main concern is the involvement of women. As you put it, the percentage of bisexuals, homosexuals and transgenders in a society is a relative small fraction which could explain not noticing that fraction in programming communities. Also, there's the whole "not going around asking people for their sexual orientation" which I couldn't agree more on.

      I was surprised to hear that there's a share of homophobes in the Perl community. I don't know a lot of people but I try to read often. I've never caught anything insinuating this. I know of Audrey but never heard anyone saying anything other than respectful towards her. I've never heard anything homophobic as well.

      I do think that the tolerance of a community defines the people who will be involved in it. As Gabor Szabo (I think) put it: there are PERL programmers and there are Perl programmers. That is, the difference is between Perl programmers and people who know a bit to manage doing small shitty scripts. Perl has the power of its community and the tolerance of its community can raise or lower the bar of participation in the community, and thus helping or damaging Perl. Homophobia would drive me out of a community, I would think.