From time to time I get a lot of positive articles about opensource, contributions and all these nice things. I wonder if anybody has written a list of the things that poison opensource communities by citing multiple, different incidents of when things go from bad to just worse. I would be extremely interested in reading such an article.
I don’t know about a concrete article, but I’ve seen a couple of posts especially from around the Linux Kernel about the bad atmosphere and environment. Personally I have a little “treasure” chest of comments from Linus that are extremely poisonous and dismissive.
Personally I never had to encounter many of these incidents, as the communities I’m involved in are mostly extremely nice and helpful. New members mimic the behavior they see. I think it has a lot to do with leadership - leaders get the community they create through their own behavior and the behavior they choose to tolerate.
On the aspect of leadership, I agree. I cannot help but have the feeling that as long as eventual contributions do not change the status quo of power balance, nobody gets hurt. Otherwise, it is not a game to play.
money is always a good way… jk, sort of.
well yes it can be, for fund raisers like the RVM2 project and others. Personally I found it incredibly motivating when people started donating me money through gratipay/gittip.
Anyways, it’s a valid point not what the post is about, though. However, it’d be amazing if every >100 employees company paid one developer to work full time on open source.