The "Steve Rule" Proved True Again

Yesterday on The Daily WTF, I mentioned something I called the Steve Rule: in a random sample of programmers, there will be more named Steve then there will be females.

What's ironic is that I didn't mean that as a joke. In my personal experience, every group of programmers with fifteen or more always had more guys with the same name than women. No, it's not always Steve, but that was the name when I first made the observation (three Steves, one woman).

I thought I'd test the "Steve Rule" once again using the Weblogs.Asp.Net bloggers. To do this, I looked at the OPML [XML], and used the title of 258 blogs. There were 139 I skipped because either I couldn't tell the gender (no offense, Suresh Behera, et al.) or the title didn't have a name (e.g. Models and Hacks).

Of the blogs, I found six female bloggers:

For the guys, I was only able to find four different Steves. But, there were seven different names (with slight variations) that outnumbered the girls

  • Andrew (7)
  • Chris (7)
  • Dave (7)
  • Jason (7)
  • John (7)
  • Robert (7)
  • Scott (9).

So, for us Weblogs.Asp.Net bloggers, it looks like we are goverened by the "Scott Rule." How about that?

Published Friday, April 22, 2005 2:06 PM by Alex Papadimoulis

Comments

Friday, April 22, 2005 3:11 PM by Thomas Eyde

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Where I come from, Kristian is not a girl's name. So you probably have only 5 female bloggers.
Friday, April 22, 2005 3:22 PM by jayson knight

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I've worked with more Raj's than females; and I can count on one hand the number of female coders I've done projects with. Never really thought about it...interesting observation.
Friday, April 22, 2005 4:20 PM by Chuk

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And that Kristian has only one post in his (her?) blog, too, so hardly counts.
Friday, April 22, 2005 4:39 PM by Jakeypoo

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"Gwen" is pretty ambiguous and only has one post, too.
Friday, April 22, 2005 4:41 PM by Blue

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I'm disappointed.
Only Julia Lerman (if you follow her 'moved to' link) has posted more than once in 2005. What a poor showing
Friday, April 22, 2005 5:39 PM by James Curran

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At my company we has 1 female developer. Among the men, we have: James, Miguel, James, Miguel and James.
Friday, April 22, 2005 8:43 PM by TheZeusJuice

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At my university cs department we have the Matt to Girl ratio
Friday, April 22, 2005 9:38 PM by =j

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Well there are two things here. The obvious one is there are less women in programing than men. The other less obvious thing is there are fewer male names than female names in the US (go check your census data). So, a small poplulation of women combined with a small variety of names of men and you have the spooky steve to girl ratio.
Sunday, April 24, 2005 4:49 PM by Ruth

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Now in my office of programmers, there are five Mikes, two Ricks (okay Rich and Rick), and an impressive array of other masculine names, including one Steve. Everyone is on a first name basis except the Mikes who are universally referred to by their last names. All the women are uniquely named, no duplicates.
Sunday, April 24, 2005 7:04 PM by Chris Norman

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asp.net?

Iew iew iew iew
Run away!!!
Sunday, April 24, 2005 8:22 PM by Toxia

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Jeff is also a common name for programmers. In my list of "elite programmers", many of them are Jeff's
Monday, April 25, 2005 9:54 AM by Nick

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Anyone else noticed how "Nick" rarely appears as a typical male programmer name...



Well there go my career prospects.
Tuesday, April 26, 2005 9:30 AM by keeper40k

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I don't know about Kristian and Gwen, but could it be that that is a boy named Sue?
Friday, April 29, 2005 11:55 AM by Baloney

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Our team of 10 developers has 3 women and NO duplicate guys names!

This must be the exception that prooves the rule.
Tuesday, May 3, 2005 9:44 AM by Steve

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At my last company we had 1 female developer and I was one of the two Steves (although the other one was moving out of development and into management).
Wednesday, May 4, 2005 12:59 AM by Jon Limjap

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In my previous job, when we lost our last female, our operations guys created a policy to hire only female On-the-job-trainees for the programming team.

None of us complained. We even got to hire a female developer after that.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007 6:59 PM by kukanov

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I love you people

George

Thursday, May 15, 2008 12:17 PM by chris christmas

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the real wtf is that all 7 of the chrisses are women.  Also 90% of the women in IT are named Suresh.