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Debian Women IRC meeting, 16th January 2005

The meeting was moderated by Matthew Palmer (womble); minutes and summary were written by Colleen Hatfield (Evilpig).

General meeting topic: How to best convey the purpose and goals of the Debian Women project to those who have questions about it.

A brief summary of the main points of discussion is followed below by the more detailed minutes of the meeting.

Summary of the Meeting

First question: What are good ways to answer questions about what the Debian Women project is all about?

Second question: How can we avoid seeming threatening, and like we are out to fundamentally change the particular way that Debian works?

Third question: How should we address suggestions that we are being sexist?

Fourth question: How can we advocate the Debian Women project to the larger Debian community and elsewhere?

Minutes of the Meeting

The meeting was started by womble at 0504 UTC, January 16 2005.

Welcome and description of broad discussion topic:

womble welcomed all participants and laid out the general topic for the meeting: how to best convey the aims and objectives of the Debian Women project to those who have questions about it. He suggested that the Debian Women project itself is potentially controversial, as bad past experiences or bigotry may cause people to be biased. Because of this, it is important to make our message as non-confrontational as possible so as not to alienate or aggravate people.

First question: What are good ways to answer questions about what the Debian Women project is all about?

Second question: How can we avoid seeming like we are out to fundamentally change the particular way that Debian works (and which distinguishes Debian from other communities)? In the past, some Debian participants have felt threatened by this perceived goal of our project.

Third question: How should we address suggestions that we are being sexist?

Fourth question: How can we, both as individuals and as a group, responsibly promote the Debian Women project and its goals to the rest of the Debian community and beyond?

At 0616 UTC, womble calls the official meeting to a close and invites everyone to continue discussion informally.