As open source project maintainers, we are sometimes left wondering why our projects are overlooked and rarely receive contributions. This does not need to be the case. By taking some straightforward but deliberate steps, we can lower the barrier to entry for our projects and increase the pool of potential contributors.
Joshua Matthews covers opportunities for automation, technology choices, communication styles, language hacks, and more. Using examples drawn from a variety of open source projects, Josh discusses concrete strategies to attract, encourage, and retain new contributors, which all focus on a set of five core goals:
Josh Matthews is a platform developer at Mozilla, where he gets to write a lot of Rust code. Josh is a core contributor to Firefox and Servo and a keen mentor of new contributors. He gleefully demolishes any barriers to entry that he comes across in open source projects.
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