New online community space

The Finding Ada forum is an online community space where people can come to talk about not just the issues of gender in STEM, but also to share information about organisations working in this area, to volunteer to help such organisations, to plan Ada Lovelace Day events, to share job postings and careers information, and to shoot the breeze and relax with friends.

We want this community to be a friendly and welcoming place where different points of view can be heard, and where we can have thoughtful and deep discussions about issues that we are all passionate about. We believe in the value of robust evidence, but also respect the importance of individual experience.

The forum is open to all, regardless of gender, field, background, location, or point of view.  We are especially keen to get men involved in the discussion, and encourage them to join up and join in. If you would like to be a part of our community, then you can sign up here, but before you do, please take a look at our guidelines below.

If you notice any problems with signing up, or have any suggestions for how we might be able to improve the way the forums works, please email us.


As the forum matures, we may make additions or changes to these guidelines. We would be very happy to hear your feedback about them, and to hear how we can make them better. Please leave a comment on the forum if you have ideas about how to improve them.

But for now, the first draft of our forum guidelines are:

  1. No racism, sexism, ageism, homophobia, etc.
  2. Play the ball, not the player. Bullying will not be tolerated.
  3. If someone misunderstands you, consider that the problem may be with your communications, not their ability to read.
  4. Do not solicit or offer medical or psychological advice.
  5. No outing, doxxing or in any other way revealing another member’s identity.
  6. Do not post your own or anyone else’s email, phone number, or home address, or other personal details. This includes the details of people who are not members of the forum. Publicly available work-related contact info may be allowed under certain circumstances – ask a mod. If you want to share your own details via private message, then that is your prerogative.
  7. No libellous content, no defamation, no illegal content.
  8. Don’t post copyrighted materials in full – always quote a small portion and link to the rest.
  9. Swearing is allowed, but don’t use it to offend or bully others.
  10. No content that is not safe for work, even behind spoilers.
  11. No posts designed to disrupt, provoke or offend.
  12. No sockpuppets or accounts that impersonate someone else.
  13. Be kind to new members.
  14. Assume good faith and give people the benefit of the doubt.
  15. If in doubt, ask a mod and be patient when waiting for a reply. All mods are volunteers and in different time zones, so we may have to discuss an issue before we decide what our options are. This may require giving a particular discussion thread a ‘time out’, so if that occurs, please respect the time out and do not start duplicate threads on the same matter.
  16. Anyone who persistently flouts these rules will be banned.
  17. Anyone who egregiously flouts these rules, even if on their first post, will be given a stern talking to and possibly banned if we believe they are acting in bad faith.