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.
In today’s post, I want to share a trick I discovered: using Stackoverflow to help answer my questions. Before you stop reading, I mean without posting my question at all. In fact, I simply rediscovered the time-honoured tradition of “rubber ducking”. I think Stackoverflow provides the perfect place to rubber duck and I’d like to share my reasoning.