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How Can We Create Inclusive Spaces for Diverse Perspectives?

As a community of over one million developers from all over the world, we have the opportunity to learn from people with different backgrounds and experiences.

How can we create a space where everyone feels comfortable sharing their ideas in our discussions and projects, even if they're different from our own?


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Ibrahim Raimi

The first step in creating an inclusive space is to recognize that everyone has biases, whether conscious or unconscious. By acknowledging these biases and actively working to address them, we can create a more welcoming and inclusive environment for everyone.

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Abhishek Mishra

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GrahamTheDev • Edited

The short answer is no.

You cannot create a space that is ever truly inclusive as you need defined rules of what is acceptable, and for each person that rule set looks slightly different depending on their nationality, religion, upbringing etc. etc.

For example we can agree that racism, sexism etc. are bad.

But then what can you and can't you say within those areas? At what point does a joke, for example, become unacceptable. For some it would be anything and for others it would be a different line.

Or here is a much simpler example from experience: swearing.

I got a ban for excessive swearing and for "berating someone" in an article. Personally I found that to exclude me, I enjoy and am amused by swearing, the article was helpful but written as a roast, but due to the tone, swearing etc. it may not be inclusive of others who do not enjoy roasts or are sensitive to swearing etc. So how could you possibly write a rule that satisfies everyone?

The short answer is, decide what matters to you, set some clear rules and just do the best you can to steer people towards your rules! πŸ’—πŸ’—

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Kostas Kalafatis • Edited

I've been thinking that as a community, we could benefit from having a more comprehensive set of rules in place. Lately, I've noticed a trend of posts consisting solely of code snippets without any explanation or thought process from the author just for the sake of quantity. Personally, I find these types of posts frustrating and unhelpful, and I believe I'm not alone in this.

To make things better, I think we could consider implementing a rule that requires every post, regardless of whether it's algorithmic or otherwise, to include the author's thought process. By doing so, we can reduce the bias that people feel when they see a solution that is not within their comfort zone and make it easier to understand the reasoning behind the code. This, in turn, would help us provide more valuable feedback and spark meaningful discussions.

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