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    Then there is a darker interpretation: that men are acting deliberately to keep computer programming a boy’s club, rather than accepting high-quality input from women, racial minorities, transgender individuals, and economically underprivileged folks.

    This doesn’t seem belong in he programming category in my opinion; seems more appropriate for culture.

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      This article attacks the validity of the study cited in the Mozilla blog post as justification that anti-female bias in code reviews for open source projects exists in the first place.

      That said, I do think that concealing your demographic details from open-source projects is a good idea for a number of a reasons, not the least of which is that it’s none of the project’s business. I don’t have a problem with maintainers using software features like this to conceal contributors’ identies, or contributors creating and making use of false identies when contributing code.

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        It can even be beneficial to read a proposed patch without knowing if the submitter is the same person as the submitter of an unrelated recent patch, because negotiations around genuine tradeoffs can easily get emotional, and leaking emotions between two unrelated heated conversations doesn’t help.