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Hi, I'm Sage Sharp! I use they/them pronouns.

I'll mostly be tooting about Outreachy. Outreachy is a paid, remote internship program. Outreachy supports diversity in free software and open source.

There will also be many many cat pictures. I might also talk about Python, Django, and web development.

Opinions are mine alone, and do not represent my employer.

*runs "banner --help" expecting to get a help screen*

*gets "--HELP" printed back in big ASCII-art letters*

... well THAT'S not helpful x3

Interesting: The chapters I'm reading today in both "Accessibility for Everyone" by Laura Kalbag & "Sustainable Web Design" by Tom Greenwood are somewhat anti carousals.

They use significantly more energy to render than a grid of thumbnails, and can be tricky to make accessible. So make sure it's worth it!

You may have seen some people using two sets of pronouns. E.g. "she/they" or "they/he" or even "any pronouns".

Read more about the life experience of people who use multiple pronouns, and how people can support them:

We're so happy to introduce our newest staff member @pono ! Pono is joining us to as a Community Organizer and Nonprofit Problem Solver.

Conference organizers are free to choose the tools they like to do the job.

However, tools matter and the medium is part of the message. The adoption of proprietary tools and a platform that has censored academics does send a message, but a wrong one.

Where's the catch?

Play's App Listings Will Require Privacy Info Next Year, Just Like the App Store - reports Slashdot:

Starting next year, apps on Google Play will show details about what data they collect, as well as other information about their privacy and security practices, in a new safety section in their listing: how it's protected & used, whom is it shared with...

The absolute audacity of this.

Audacity to begin sending "telemetry data" about your audio editing sessions.

Yes it's opt-in "for now", but we know how this dance goes. It's not new, it's not big, and it's not clever.

🤦 apparently Twitter's "Tip Jar" integration with PayPal has the side effect of sharing the tipper's billing address to the recipient. 🤔

Ah, yes, i remember tipping wait staff in the US and telling them where I live.

Basecamp squashing conversations about racism at the company is, in fact, racist. They've lost a third of their employees.

I've also heard that some companies nearing IPO (or profit sharing initiatives) have started trying to get highly paid employees so exasperated that they quit, and lower the company's expenses. Gotta wonder if they tried this strategy and it backfired.

In free software, we work publicly. That means our mistakes are often very public. 😳

How can we craft a public apology that doesn't cause further harm? 🙇

Read more about how to avoid common pitfalls in my @conservancy blog post:

Software freedom contributors are human. We all make mistakes, often very publicly. It's tricky to write a public apology for those mistakes.

This blog post by @sagesharp will help you avoid common pitfalls and craft an effective apology:

boost from birdsite, job, funding for free/libre open source work 

boosting T. Wouters @`Yhg1s

I'm super duper excited about this. We've been thinking and talking (and talking, and talking...) about this for many years, and we were hoping to get it out there a year ago. Now, with funding from @`Google for the first year, we can actually get this started.

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The PSF is hiring a Developer-in-Residence to support CPython!

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„BREAKING: Supreme Court rules for Google in copyright fight with Oracle

Supreme Court says Google's use of Oracle code was "fair use"

This is good news for #OpenSource and #FreeSoftware!


We can and should celebrate achievements in creating more inclusive, just, and equitable communities. Each step gets us closer, but there is no "end goal" or "stopping point".

So celebrate the journey, take time for self-care, and remember it's not a race, it's a marathon. And then we rest and train for the next (longer) race.

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I always side-eye articles that declare "diversity issues will be solved" by X year or by Z thing.

Everyone needs to correct for bias and systemic discrimination. We cannot stop correcting against it. The work will not and should not end.

Bias is like a car that always pulls to one side. As soon as we stop correcting for bias, as soon as we stop examining systems for traces of implicit or explicit discrimination, we will always drift to one side.


❝Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Her newspaper obituaries do not mention her greatest discovery. […] Every high school student knows that Isaac Newton discovered gravity, that Charles Darwin discovered evolution, and that Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know.❞ — Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate)


• Cecilia Payne won a scholarship to Cambridge.

• Cecilia Payne completed her studies, but Cambridge wouldn’t give her a degree because she was a woman, so she said to heck with that and moved to the United States to work at Harvard.

• Cecilia Payne was the first person ever to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College, with what Otto Strauve called “the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy.”

• Not only did Cecilia Payne discover what the universe is made of, she also discovered what the sun is made of (Henry Norris Russell, a fellow astronomer, is usually given credit for discovering that the sun’s composition is different from the Earth’s, but he came to his conclusions four years later than Payne — after telling her not to publish).

• Cecilia Payne is the reason we know basically anything about variable stars (stars whose brightness as seen from earth fluctuates). Literally every other study on variable stars is based on her work.

• Cecilia Payne was the first woman to be promoted to full professor from within Harvard and the first woman to head a science department at Harvard. She also inspired entire generations of women to take up science.

• Cecilia Payne is awesome and everyone should know her.

CW: moving gif, burn out update 

Mood for today: drowning in email. So much work to on-board new Outreachy communities.

On the plus side, we're on track to accept 70+ interns this cohort (vs 55 last cohort).

Now I just have to review 1,800 initial applications... in 9 days? 😱

What's being an OSI board member like? You can read our board agreement at

How do you run? Visit

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