The way I see code4lib is a place to discuss all things 'codey'. This would include all those that create AND use code in all forms it comes in.
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Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] What is a "coder"?
> The mission statement on the code4lib website says "The Code4Lib
> Journal exists to foster community and share information among those
I want to clarify that the Code4Lib Journal is a specific project with a specific list of people on it's editorial board. In this way, it's unlike the broader "Code4Lib Community" of which it's a part, which really is a community in the ordinary sense of the word, not a formal organization or project.
The Journal only speaks for the Journal, not for "Code4Lib". That mission statement is on the Journal website, and is the Journal's mission, as agreed upon by the Journal's founding editorial board; it is not "the code4lib website", the mission statement was agreed upon by nobody other than the Journal's founding editorial board, and it applies to nothing other than the Journal.
(But I don't think I've ever heard ANYONE say that "only coders are welcome at code4lib", I think it's a straw man and I'm not sure why it's being 'debated'. I just wanted to clear up the relationship between The Code4Lib Journal and it's website to "code4lib". Perhaps the Journal website needs some more clarifying language on it's website? I think it probably does, hmm.)