On Quiet Developers

A typical to-do list from the amazingly talented Joshu. Notably missing on this list: code outside of work.

Who Are Quiet Developers?

  • be a (potentially single) parent that prioritizes time with their children, or have dependents like aging parents, close friends, or partners to help care for
  • have a non-visible disability, like anxiety, depression, carpal tunnel syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, HIV, a sleep disorder, fibromyalgia, or simply be undiagnosed and working to prevent flare-ups of what they experience
  • commute a great distance to work, whether out of personal preference, to allow their children to attend a certain school district, to support nearby family members, or out of financial need
  • face or have faced day-to-day discrimination and harassment that leads them to avoid criticism by effectively anonymous people
  • work additional positions or part-time/contracted work, often compounded by disparate pay discrepancies impacting minorities
  • Repetitive Stress Injuries and Insomnia often limit what I can do in a day, especially at night
  • Negative and abusive experiences in OSS communities have made me hesitant to make contributions to organizations I do not know personally
  • Pair/group programming is frequently more enjoyable for me than programming alone
  • I don’t want other areas of my life to atrophy, like performing Javanese court music, composing, baking, or doing Iyengar yoga

Embracing the Quiet

It is not the responsibility of quiet developers to fix hiring, just as it is not the responsibility of oppressed minorities to eliminate structural violence.

Empowering the Quiet

Whose Community? Whose Engagement?

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Queer JS engineer in NYC, currently @ MongoDB. Musician, yogi, and neurodivergent mental health advocate. All opinions are my own. He/Him or They/Them, please.

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Seán Hanson

Seán Hanson

Queer JS engineer in NYC, currently @ MongoDB. Musician, yogi, and neurodivergent mental health advocate. All opinions are my own. He/Him or They/Them, please.

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