Article:
  To Sir, with Love: How To Get More Women Involved in Open Source
Subject:   Encouraging non-code contributions
Date:   2007-10-01 08:18:27
From:   sdeckelmann
Response to: Encouraging none code contributions

I agree that women:


have to be encouraged to take on the hard core, high value, high reputation roles.


Howeer, over the lifetime of a project, non-code contributions become very important. PostgreSQL, for example, has a very strict policy about including documentation with patches. In a presentation about how to contribute, Josh Berkus listed 50 ways, only five of which were code.


I think the perspective on what constitutes an open source project has shifted (some might say "matured" :) in the last ten years from "just the code" to the whole lifecycle of design, documentation, implementation and support.