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Bridging code and community

Navigating open source in a regulated environment, the crucial role of non-code contributions to open source success, and lessons from scaling projects like Kubernetes.

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Non-code contributions are the secret to open source success

From documentation to release management, non-code contributions power open source. Here’s how to get started.

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How ‘open’ should your open source be?

Boundaries aren't always intuitive for maintainers, but limiting contributions can be their healthiest option.


Co-maintaining openness

The benefits of collaborative maintainership, lessons learned from vintage technology, and tips for getting started with community building.

Frances Coronel // Byteboard

ONWARD: A framework for maintaining maintainers

Whether the project has 3 or 3000 contributors, here’s what to focus on when collaborating with other maintainers.

Rose Judge // VMware

Configuring your Git environment for success

A quick-start guide to less frustration and better workflows.

swyx | @swyx

Breaking apart the monolith

The open source movement should really be modeled after social clubs and city governments.

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Decisions, decisions: Principles for making important choices in open source

Decisions are the essence of open source maintainership.

Segun Adebayo

Creating a popular OSS library is a marathon, not a sprint

How to stay sane and keep your project on the right path.

Jon Parise // Pinterest

Knowing when to say 'no'

Recognize which contributions are a good fit for the project—and which are not.

Tasha Drew // VMware

Charming Pirates: Reframing user acquisition and referral for OSS

A proposal for strategically growing open source project maintainership.

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What we can learn from “_why”, the long lost open source developer

What happens when your impact outlives your code.

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How open source maintainers keep contributors—and themselves—happy

It’s never too early or too late to start thinking about contributor relations.

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Creating opportunity for women in development

Now is the time to remake the workplace.

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How open source maintainers can maintain balance in turbulent times

Open source maintainers are working harder than ever. Here’s how to maintain your passion during trying times.

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