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I'm a big fan of , I've been a user for so many years. I've seen it evolve from NaN to this immensely popular and community supported project.

But it (still) has huge issues in terms of community. And their list of speakers for shows it pretty badly: conference.blender.org/2019/sp

, instead of growing in numbers, could you focus on growing diversity? Thank you.

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@xuv totaly agree... the remarks of @frankiezafe concerning the price/accessibility is actually also real specially this year as lots of corporate actors pulls in ...
and still same problem for when you have family : attending such/any conference is a pretty big hurdle, and accommodations / conference place are never though for that
better : we could have a Kids room for education and fun ... my daughter (9) could ejoy that, but today I can't take her there.

@Olm_e I think the price has more to do with the new location than corporate actors. That said it's still expensive. Last year I volunteered, came by coach, couch surfed and rented a bike, so my whole 10 days journey cost me barely above 100€ (not including food).
I worked during all the talks but who cares, they're online, it's the time between and the evenings that really count.
Volunteering doesn't automatically make it 100% free but it's way more interesting than coming "passively".

@ChameleonScales we were (concerning the price/difficulty) actually talking about not "passive" people but speakers or even active people in/around the community that cannot couchsurf and already volunteer for much or their time on their side (like local BUG or teachers, etc ... )
if you are not <30ish and without family / or big business that can pay for your trip + extra family support, this kind of conf is out of reach ... which is not cool for a FLOSS project that could reach way beyond that

@ChameleonScales and the "problem" is the software tend to feels and follow the tropes that builds the developers/big users community, so if both the software foundation and the conference are not putting efforts to represents a diverse public, the software tends to close itself on a certain demographic where it's already is entrenched into.

3D is a tool that needs to reach everyone, Blender 101 was a great prospect, I don't see it advance, nor diversity coming as @xuv mention

so what?

@Olm_e Quite understandable. On Blender 101 I would also like to see it advance but otherwise I don't think development is too oriented for big users or companies. The new features are for the most long-awaited by many indy artists and the bug fixes are all managed equally. Sure the Blender Animation Studio calls for rather large-scale project development but most of the features I see coming apply to both team projects and indy ones.

rant, unpopular opinion, blender 

@xuv Wow. That's an awful lot of white men.

rant, unpopular opinion, blender 

@kerriaWearsBlack Yeah. It's a shame. Really.

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@xuv any (non-men and/or non-white) artists you'd recommend following?

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@kerriaWearsBlack Specifically related to Blender? Or else?

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@xuv yeah sorry, I meant 3d artists, if they use blender even better!

rant, unpopular opinion, blender 

@kerriaWearsBlack That's a very good question. I don't follow particular 3D artists. But if I come up with a name, I'll be sure to pass it along here.

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@xuv that would be great, thank you!

rant, unpopular opinion, blender 

@kerriaWearsBlack btw, not 3d artists but good for inspiration, this directory of womenwhodraw.com/ is worth checking.

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@xuv i also fell something strange in the direction blender is taking with the 2.80: like if changing the UI was also about becoming more mainstream, and therefore becoming more corporate, acceptable by moneydriven folks... i don't know, still LOVE this software, still training people to use it

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@frankiezafe I don't mind Blender becoming mainstream. But with mainstream comes more responsibility, and the excuse of "we don't have enough resources to focus on diversity, but everyone is welcome" does not work anymore. Now, they have financial resources and will have to use a part of it to address this issue. It's our responsibility to call them out on it.

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