[OpenStack Foundation] [Diversity] September 17 Meeting Reminder

Roland Chan roland at aptira.com
Thu Sep 17 11:43:03 UTC 2015

Thanks for your input. I shipped that text knowing is was poor. I'm running
out of time :( I'll consider your I put in the morning.

The correlation risk is real. Will have a little think about an alternative
form of words.



On Thu, 17 Sep 2015 8:34 pm Alexis Lee <lxsli at hpe.com> wrote:

> Very happy with this in general, just a few points.
> Roland Chan said on Thu, Sep 17, 2015 at 01:13:43AM +0000:
> > The OpenStack Foundation has a deep commitment to fostering the diversity
> > and inclusivity of the OpenStack community. The Foundation has created a
> > Diversity Working group to formulate, deliver and monitor a program to
> > increase the diversity of the community.
> 2nd sentence, suggest: "The Foundation has created a Diversity Working
> group to monitor and increase the diversity of the community."
> I don't think the other words add much.
> > This survey asks you, members of the OpenStack community, a variety of
> > questions some of which relate to topics which you may view as personal
> and
> > private. It is not the intent of the survey to invade the privacy of the
> > community, it is simply to gather information on the make up of the
> > community.
> >
> > Should you not wish to disclose any piece of information please do not
> > answer that question. The survey will protect the anonymity of each
> > respondent and all individual answers will not be able to be tied to any
> > particular respondent.
> Suggest: "This survey asks you, the members of the OpenStack community,
> a variety of questions. Some of these relate to personal and private
> topics, please only answer those questions you are comfortable with.
> Your privacy is important to us and responses will not be tied to
> primary identifiers like names or user IDs."
> Rationale: I prefer to avoid negatives, like "we don't want to".
> Emotions (like our feeling of safety) are bad at negatives. I also
> prefer to avoid words like "simply", which carry little meaning but
> excuse.
> I prefer to acknowledge that some questions are personal straight up,
> rather than implying subjectivity. This minimises any suggestion the
> respondent ought to answer fully and is being difficult by preferring
> not to.
> I'd like to avoid a blanket guarantee of anonymity. Were I a disabled
> trans woman living in Antarctica, it could be quite easy to correlate me
> with my responses without using my name. I'm not entirely happy with my
> suggested text on this point, I'd like to explain more but I'm not sure
> how without scaring people off.
> On a UX point - if I don't want to answer a question, but accidentally
> make a selection, is it easy to undo that? This can be difficult with
> radio buttons. If not, maybe we should include a "No answer" option on
> all such questions.
> Alexis (lxsli)
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