Fostering Community Growth
To quote from the excellent http://www.codesimplicity.com/post/open-source-community-simplified/ (Highly recommended read, and make sure you read the comment section, too.)
- Growing and maintaining an open-source community depends essentially on three things:
- Getting people interested in contributing
- Removing the barriers to entering the project and contributing
- Retaining contributors so that they keep contributing
- If you can get people interested, then have them actually contribute, and then have them stick around, you have a community. Otherwise, you don’t.
Below is a link to Ed Merks' and Chris Aniszczyk's presentation at EclipseCON 2008, entitled Diversity is the Spice of Life.
It includes many tips, tricks, suggestions, and ideas for fostering community growth.
- Diversity is the Spice of Life (PDF, 1.2M)
- Diversity is the Spice of Life (PPT, 19M)
If you have anything else to contribute here -- success stories, other advice or tips -- please do!
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