Open source projects need contributors to stay healthy and develop. In this post, I want to discuss the methods I’ve tried (so far) to attract contributors to my open source project (ConTabs). I’ll describe what I’ve done, summarise what little data I have, and reflect on what it might tell us about open source contributors. And, in the middle of all that, I’ll indulge in a quick digression on the subject of project hygiene.
It’s about to be a brand new year. As 2017 ticks over into 2018, it seems like a good time to look back and review what we’ve been up to. ConTabs only really got underway quite late in the year and it’s no way near finished, so let’s call this an interim review. Still, we can see where we are, how we got here, who we met along the way, and where we might go next.