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Tech confidence vs. tech competence

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One of our volunteers, [personal profile] kaberett, published an article today.

It's a really great post that captures one of the things that I really think is crucial to Dreamwidth's success as a project (and business), and it's the idea that anybody can contribute, everybody is valuable, and yes -- mistakes can and do happen and it's OK.

To pull out a bit from the article that really resonates with me:

[I]nstead, we work towards fostering tech confidence, through creating a culture where babydevs know that senior devs have their backs; a culture where people feel able to ask questions of the broader community, in public as well as in private; a culture where people learn how to test and debug and Not Give Up; a culture where our co-founders own their mistakes, and do so publicly, so that nobody has to feel alone. When people get discouraged, we give them pep talks. We remind people that it's okay to learn visibly, instead of having to pretend to be entirely competent all of the time. Everyone can learn from the mistake that anyone makes – and mistakes are caught soon after they happen, so consequences can be minimised.

Yup. Couldn't have said it better myself.

Contributing to Dreamwidth isn't about how much you bring to the table when you get here. We don't care how much experience you have or what your resume says or if you even have one. The fact that you're here and that you want to contribute? That's all you need. The rest can be learned.

26.05.2015 08:26 pm (UTC)

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Posted by [personal profile] jazzyjj
I'm replying here in hopes of generating some more discussion, as this is a somewhat old entry and we'll see what happens. Also, the person who was scheduled to come meet with me this afternoon hasn't shown up yet. But I'm okay with that because he did call and he's actually probably waiting for like eternity at his previous appointment. But anyway, I would be happy to contribute something to this already fantastical web platform other than my own journal entries. The problem is, I don't know any dev code or anything like that. I'll repeat what I've said here before though. That is, thanks a million for creating this thing and making it all-inclusive. It means a lot. I'm a bit surprised that none of the so-called disability-rights organizations in my state have joined or even heard about this site. There's a lot on here they could learn.