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  • As elaine and others have pointed out, its not 100% open.


    One interesting facet of the community is that it is very difficult for it to discriminate based on race, sex, age, etc.

    This is a facet of the general nature of the Net and in particular of the fact that the Perl community is largely text-based (IRC, mail, news).

    Sure, we might see each other at conferences but if I never showed up to one you wouldn't necessarily know anything about my age, race, etc.

    Of course, due to discrimination in
    • I think Elaine might disagree on whether it's easy to discriminate based on sex, race, or a number of other factors. (Age is one of the few that isn't that easy) It's also more than just active discrimination. Some of the perl areas (clpm for one) are pretty actively mysoginistic and, while they might not necessarily discriminate against you because of your sex, they do make it damn uncomfortable to be there. It's certainly not everyone, and might not even reflect the views of the poster, but that doesn't m
      • Ah, I avoid newsgroups in general quite a bit. I was mostly writing based on my experiences on various mailing lists (p5p, dbi, mason, etc), plus to some degree IRC and use perl, etc.

        My point was that its harder to discriminate against a particular person based on some quality they have (like race or sex). That doesn't mean that there aren't still plenty of barriers to entry.

        Plus there's the issue that once a person identifies themselves in some way (as Elaine has, for example), then they may start being treated differently.

        Believe me, I hardly view the net as some sort of discrimination-free utopia. IMO, its interesting because its slightly less fucked up than the real world and (for now, at least) certain technical limitations make it lend itself better to being open to all comers.

        • I don't know, since I earned a bit of armor many moons ago...but, I would say that even at the highest ranks of our little Perl world there is plenty of gender issues that plague the rest of humankind still. Anyone over the age of 30 who says he or she is completely unbiased with regard to gender is not being fully honest with themselves....myself not discluded.