Volunteers Aren't Always Contributors; Contributors Don't Always Volunteer

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The free and open source community is known for being a meritocracy, but as more and more non-developers are getting involved there isn’t the hard lines of code to point to show how they benefit the project.

Taking pages from organizations such as the American Red Cross, The MS Society, and even religious organizations on how they pay their volunteers. It is time to look beyond code and mere meritocracy to how to successfully “pay” our Free and Open Source Software volunteers and contributors that will bring out the best in the individual, the project, the FOSS community ensuring that the community grows beyond the code.

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Gareth Greenaway


Founding member of the Southern California Linux Expo, current Community Relations & Conference Operations chair, active member of the Free & Open Source Community. A system administrator from Thousand Oaks, CA. Live with my wife, two cats & one guinea pig.

In the absence of an official conference code of conduct, I’d like to state, that as a speaker at OSCON I believe we should all strive to create a fun, educational, enjoyable and harassment-free conference experience for everyone.

If you are being harassed, or witness harassment please report it to venue security, the police, the conference organisers or a trusted friend. You do not have to put up with it.

For more detail on what an anti-harassment policy should contain, please review the geekfeminism wiki conference anti-harassment policy template

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Andy Lester
07/29/2011 4:18am PDT

Zero details, and over in 11 minutes.