? Inclusive communities

It’s extremely hard to build inclusive communities. Communities where a stranger can come and take part of the discussion without feeling like a weirdo or an impostor. Communities where members do not feel ashamed of not welcoming newcomers too! From my experience these last weeks — I attended a few technical meetups in Montreal — I can say that it’s always hard to be the one not knowing anybody :-).

A few things I’d give a try as a community:

With these propositions, you will definitely feel more vulnerable as a newcomer. But hopefully, the fact to be explicitly recognized as a new member of the community will drive more care and attention toward you from all the other members. And I hope there are more people willing to include you than to bully you. Otherwise that’s probably not the community you’re looking for anyway.