The Second Contributor

The Second Contributor

The long-tail means that for “every Wikipedia, there are a thousand other wikis that never managed to get a second contributor.” The same applies to open source projects, and it’s something you need to think about if you want to ensure the longevity of your project. If it’s just you, handling all those pull requests and tickets by yourself, you stand a good chance of running out of steam unless you can attract additional contributors to help you with the workload.

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The Long Tail of Open Source (And You)

It is a common story: a company has some internal software that is draining resources, and they think “Aha! We’ll open source it, and then the community will maintain it for us.” Which would be true, if there was a community. But you do not get a community for free by typing git push for the first time. You have to build one. And building one takes effort. A lot of effort.

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Healthy Open Source Projects Need People

Software is like fruit. It tastes great when it’s fresh, but goes bad very quickly. In fact, it is ridiculous how quickly software rots.

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