How to manage casual contributors to open source projects

Very accurate (IMHO) article from researcher Ann Barcomb, who shares the highly relevant theories of Hyde et al. on episodic volunteering & retention.

Many ICT4D open source projects start out being sponsored by other organizations, and often struggle with what to do with more casual contributors, especially when they often first venture into the world of public code repos like GitLab or GitHub.

This article presents a nice “starter list” of strategies and rationales for them. Take a look and see if you might apply it to your own open source community. And if you have other ideas, let’s discuss them here!

And for those of you who’d a more in-depth “lifecycle” model of volunteerism in open source, see this excellent article from Dirk Riehle: