I was browsing around when I came across this: "Open Source is awful in many ways, and people should be aware of this".
This really struck me and surprised me. While I understand that harassment would be present in all fields and industries, I had never heard this. Some of the comments were interesting as well:
I got a bunch of attacks from members of the open source community, due to developing my XML parser. ( Grant McLean and others ) I also got attacked by Poul-Henning Kamp, and then threatened that he would "shame" me for pointing out bugs in his software that he refuses to acknowledge. Additionally, the founder of Perl Mongers, Brian D Foy, argued with me about the naming of my application framework, and then refused to approve the naming of my module even after other people on the newsgroup discussed it with me and we came to a good resolution. ( which led to the vanishing of "registered" modules on cpan imo )
The open source community, at large, is not a happy helpful place, and I have gone through a lot of harassment just contributing my own free open source stuff to the world. Also, I can't say I have ever been thanked for contributing. Just kicked in the face.
With a main focus of Open Source being the source code available to all, I would say that the attacks, if true, are outright unreasonable and inconsiderate. Also, this is outright disturbing to developers working on projects, as well as the pioneers of the industry.
Is harassment a big issue in the Open Source industry? Are there any statistics that show this?