Not unnaturally, the SDMB membership still reflects its roots in Chicago to a large extent, with a disproportionately high number of members living in that area. Looking a little further afield, there is a very solid representation from seemingly every state of the Union. Even a few dinosaurs from Florida drop by from time to time!
Among other English-speaking countries, Canada’s well represented, as too is Australia and Ireland, although it seems to me that in the case of the latter two countries, a fair number of the posters may be American nationals. New Zealand has some gracious and beauteous posters, as does the UK, of course. Europe is particularly heavily represented by the polyglot Northerners, with the Dutch and the Swedes leading the way.
Then there’s piecemeal representation from South and Central America, Africa (RSA, at least) and the Middle East and Asia (especially East Asia).
Returning to the USA itself, how well represented are the so-called minorities, I wonder - the blacks, the Hispanics and the recect immigrants? Many among these groups are well-educated, English speakers and computer-literate, and yet it is my impression that they are under-represented (especially now that **Kaitlyn ** has gone the way of all flesh). Interestingly, and rather in line with my sociocultural views (whereby women in the West are at least as equal with men as many men are), women are very strongly represented on the Dope. By the same token, people with sexual orientations that differ from the norm are very well represented (given their proportion in society).
Which got me to thinking - does the inclusion and indeed welcome afforded to one group (albeit a broad and disparate group) militate against a sense of inclusion and welcome to other groups? Is it difficult to have a Board that does not lean in a certain direction, like a lawn greens bowl with its built-in bias? Do certain alliances effectively proclude others (on the “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” principle)?
A final thought. Some folks here opine from time to time that it’s a Good Thing that foreigners contribute to the board, but am I the only one who has a slight feeling of unease when I read that? Is it really a board with no boundaries, or is it an instantiation of American values and popular culture? Is there an onus on “foreigners” (both within the States and outside it) to fit in, to assimilate? Or is a pluralistic, multicultural virtual community something that American dopers want to be one part of?