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July 09 2013

c3o
09:56
Fostering an atmosphere conducive to confidence [...] produces competence [in people].

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.

In contrast, in communities where competence is valued above all else, people feel they have to hide their mistakes. In such settings we routinely observe low volunteering rates from people in marginalised groups, with low retention from beginning volunteers, because people are too scared to ask for help or too scared to admit that they don’t know how things work. It’s a habit that leads to misunderstanding, and misunderstandings lead to bugs, and it’s generally an all-round disaster, in which nobody wins.
Tech confidence vs. tech competence | Geek Feminism Blog liberally quoted
Reposted byylem235potatoelisafinvoydkurofinkreghriot

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