Hi Stephen! I saw your FB post so I headed on over!
As for me, my lack-of posting wasn’t a deliberate “I have been offended” or “I give up on this!” move. I just never think to come here! I am too busy with work and want to spend my free time on other things, rather than volunteering to critique peoples’ typefaces or to try to solve peoples’ technical issues.
I think that there are a lot of other people who are equally skilled as me who enjoy volunteering their time to critique typefaces. (and I’d rather be paid to do it, to be honest!) Same goes for the technical issue requests. Because there are so many people willing to volunteer, I don’t feel like I’m letting anyone down by not contributing. Plus, I don’t think there’s such thing as a “unique female perspective” in regard to answering the technical issues - I think it doesn’t matter who answers the question.
I might end up coming to TD if I can't find an answer to a technical question of my own elsewhere, but I would likely just ask a type colleague in a private email first, which I enjoy more than publicly shouting my ineptitude
I’d say that most of the posts on TD seem to fall under those two categories - and maybe that’s one reason why achieving “diversity” on the message board doesn’t seem as relevant or important to me - important enough for me to make an effort to post when I'm otherwise not compelled to do so. I think the subjects in which personal perspectives are more likely to come into play are things having to do with business/education/cultural/historical and other people-centric topics. I would imagine that those types of discussions are where more interesting things are said, and where more diversity would be particularly helpful. Those don’t pop up too frequently, so I don’t find it worth the time to check for them, I guess.
I know that a lot of the women who were involved with some of the TD and twitter discussions are spending time working on new Alphabettes initiatives and help one another and converse in that forum. I think that they feel it’s a more positive and friendly place. But I’ll let those folks speak for themselves on this thread! I think that some of them have had specific negative experiences here. I'm hoping they'll share their views, too.