Much has been written about the importance of software best practices and the need for training and educating research software developers. And we’re certainly not here to disagree. But what about the people working on the software, who take ownership of the code and all the infrastructure around it? Surely the people must be important contributors to both the scientific software endowment and the larger research ecosystem. All the training and education in the World Wide Web won’t help if the people writing software aren’t supported and encouraged to use those resources. But who are we, where do we belong, and how many thousands (or tens of thousands or more) of us are out there?