In 2015, Audrey Eschright launched a feminist hacker zine to do things that were missing from her technology environment: a place to find people from underrepresented groups talking about their technical work, not just who they were; and a wide spectrum of technology knowledge without gatekeeping, especially on subjects that are perceived as hard to learn. Not only that, but she wanted it to be fun and accessible to readers who didn’t see themselves as experts.
Since then, The Recompiler has published eight full issues with print and digital editions, released a podcast with 36 episodes, and published a book, The Responsible Communication Style Guide, which was also launched on Kickstarter. We’re a consistent source of ideas and perspectives that explain how the technologies we rely on function, what we can create with our knowledge, and why we’re motivated to participate. We continue to ask “how does this really work?” and “how can we do it better?”
We have big plans for the year ahead and we want you to be a part of it. In 2018 we have four more issues planned, from “hard problems” to “science!”. We have the outline for our next book (details below), and some new things we’ll be releasing for the Style Guide. We’ll be recording more podcast episodes (with so many more ways the Internet of Things wants to kill you and our favorite cat videos) and we have a special live broadcast coming up on November 11. We’ll be bringing you more news and conference details through our weekly newsletter, and we’re even working on a design refresh.
Our Recompiler community goes around the world: we have readers and contributors from the United States, Mexico, Germany, India, and Australia. Many of us work in the tech industry as software developers, but we’re also teachers, students, artists, writers, archivists, and researchers. We work on everything from web apps to high-risk security to machine learning. And we do all of this from many perspectives, along race, gender, sexuality, disability, and other lines; always looking for more ways to broaden our view.
Readers say they love how we:
- Give voice to a diverse range of voices in an accessible setting
- Publish articles that go beyond just technology to talk about social and cultural implications for marginalized and underrepresented communities
- Write approachable articles about topics that intimidate
“So many of the technical articles have stuck with me. There are deep dives on things I know and deeper dives still on things I hadn't considered, delivered in a way that makes it hard to put down.”
Year 3 subscriptions: Your choice of print or digital, with Issues 9-12.
- Issue 9: Hard problems
- Issue 10: Science!
- Issue 11: TBD
- Issue 12: TBD
If you're a current subscriber, this reward will count as a normal four-issue renewal.
Pick an issue: Select one print copy from Issue 5-12 (Years 2 and 3). Send a note if you’d like to increase that to include more than one. We’ll be doing a limited reprint for any requests that are out of stock (this is your opportunity to get the sold-out Issue 6: Data).
Sticker sheets: Our special sticker sheet for Year 3 is designed by Hawnuh Lee.
Party! We’re planning a fabulous event for January 2018. More details to come!
Community Builder package: For our next book project, we're updating Community Event Planning for a second edition. This guide from 2014 introduces organizers to everything they need to put on a conference, code sprint, or other event. Our second edition will be built on our continued experience with diverse, inclusive, and accessible communities. Pick this reward option and you'll be on the early release list, starting with a copy of the 1st edition ebook, then receiving additional sections as we complete them. We're also including a copy of The Responsible Communication Style Guide to help you have the best interactions with your co-organizers and attendees. Plus: you'll receive the first two supplements to the RCSG, on age and Python, as soon as they ship.
Sponsor the site: We’ll put your name on the site for an entire year, all four issues. Everyone will know you’re willing to invest in amazing articles and a worthwhile mission.
Workshops: Pick one of our expert workshops: inclusive writing, code of conduct enforcement and incident response, or community event planning. Past participants say “it was eye opening and well executed”.
Choose a theme: Do you have a favorite topic you want us to cover? Our editor will work with you to create a stellar theme and call for contributors (pending approval — we want to be on mission and within our code of conduct).
But wait there's more: We're teaming up with Julia Evans for an awesome poster, perfect for your office or classroom.
We love having a glossy physical product, and printing and shipping it takes about half our budget. The rest goes to paying our awesome contributors and keeping the shop and website running. If we have any extra we’ll put it toward paying even more people to work on The Recompiler, and a rainy day fund.
Risks and challenges
With two years of issues and a book under our belt, we're confident our production pipeline is solid. We work with great partners, including a reliable local print shop. Sometimes things get off schedule due to family or medical emergencies, but we always finish the project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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