Good Communities (Kinds Of)

Back in October, Sarah Sharp posted a really useful article titled “What makes a good community?”. In it, she divided online tech communities into six levels (numbered from zero, of course) according to how welcoming and supportive they are. I would put Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry in Level 1, and say that we’re starting to do meaningful work toward Level 2. I would appreciate feedback of two kinds:

  1. If you agree, what should we do in 2016 to get to Level 2?
  2. If you don’t, where are we falling short of Level 1 (or Level 0)?

In the wake of posts about Shopify's support for white nationalists and DataCamp's attempts to cover up sexual harassment
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