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Questions for the retention and building of community audiences, as well as the contributor and developer communities, that concern open projects.

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Is any license needed, to build an open-source forum / community? [closed]

Is any license / paperwork need to build an open-source forum / community like stack overflow or like others Linux community site? If needed then from where i can get license for my forum / community,...
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How to effectively browse mailing lists

There are many open source projects whose development is officially discussed through mailing lists (the obvious example being the Linux kernel). Being young and spoiled by nice clean website design,...
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How can I get users to read the docs/FAQ before asking new questions?

I created an open source user management system for PHP which is (admittedly) directed towards novice programmers. The idea is to help familiarize "Cowboys from Code Canyon" with the tools ...
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Giving ownership of a particular area of the project?

(warning: not a license question) As a GSoC mentor, I just received an email from Google about how to retain volunteers, and here is their main tip: The orgs that have been most successful in ...
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Method for accounting for non-code contributions?

Code contributions are easy to account; one totals commits, reviews, and lines of code in whatever code management system the project uses. However, non-code contributions, particularly in the areas ...
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How to Move Smart City Columbus from Internal to Open Source? [closed]

Last year, Columbus,OH won the US DOT Smart Cities Challenge. Since then, they've made major progress on a number of fronts. The SmartColumbus Operating System provides the technical core, while ~1000 ...
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Statistics on open source growth (or decline)?

I'm trying to find some data regarding general open source usage and adoption over time. My own impression is that usage and development of open source software is getting more and more common but i ...
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How to get help to get a company to open source a defunct product?

There are many old defunct software products that are no longer marketable. Is there any organization or group who helps to get these valuable codes released as open source? For example, DEC had a ...
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Do open source projects have better or worse female participation than proprietary projects?

Sometimes the claim is heard open source projects are especially unfriendly to women. Sometimes the claim is heard, that open-source projects are especially inclusive. It probably is impossible to ...
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How to prevent integration with malware and virus of open source software in compiling section?

In every open source software community, there is a small group which pay effort on compiling and packaging open source software. As a advantage of open source software, everyone can read the source ...
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How do you get someone to use or even contribute to your Open Source project?

I'm searching help with a project that is about versioning and querying as well as visualizing of time varying data at the subfile level. It's open source and written in Java, especially well suited ...
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Are any well-known open-source projects helmed by women?

It appears most open source projects are headed by men; this list on Wikipedia lists 29 men in charge of open source projects. Considering the famous contributions in the history of computer science ...
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Where to find people interested in contributing to an open source project?

A few contributors and I are working on a large-scale Ethereum app called the Decentralized News Network (http://dnn.media), or DNN. The application itself will be entirely open source and we are ...
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What is the Open Governance Model? How is it different from other models?

The prime example being iojs as a fork of nodejs, where the main difference being (aside from the obvious advancement in technology versioning and being more up-to-date), is that iojs has an Open ...
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Why most projects are on Freenode?

It struck me why almost every open source project which holds an IRC channel does it on FreeNode. IRC is a multi-server protocol and thus I would expect that reasonably big part of OSS community would ...
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Did it ever happen that an open source project's leader (BDFL) died? If so, what happened to the project?

This question is mostly for understanding the lifecycle and governance of open source projects. I wonder, if any large and well-known open source project has ever lost its leader / "benevolent ...
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What research explains why so many programmers invest time in creating free libraries?

Maybe I start with an example: I use currently SystemJS for Angular2 Applications, it is a great tool, works properly and free. As I see the contributors here and the work, what already has been done,...
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Are there any FOSS/community library registries for hardware description languages?

One of the most objectively strong points of free/open source is the community storage of library code, where code can be scrutinized, compatibility can be maintained, and duplicated effort can be ...
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FLOSS projects : How and where can I start contributing?

I'm new to the open source community. I've always wanted to contribute to successful existing open source projects. I thought that contribution to good open source projects was meant only for ...
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Why is Docker so popular? [closed]

Docker is a rather popular open source project. Yet the problems it is solving (around code isolation and environment reproducibility) are not new and have been solved before with many other ...
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What's the difference between different membership levels in the Linux Foundation?

I recently read that Microsoft has become a Platinum member of the Linux Foundation. The Linux Foundation website lists various companies as "Platinum Members", "Gold Members", "Silver Members" and "...
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How to start committing to small opensource Python modules

To become better Python programmer I decided to start contributing Python FOSS. I would like to start by contributing to smaller modules I use myself and this raises a question. Should I just fork ...
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What's the best way to convince an open source library to change their API?

I recently started using an open source library for a project I'm working on. Let's call it Dasypus. It's an established library that's been around for a number of years. As I got to know Dasypus ...
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Ethical Open Source Protection

I saw this post concerning the ethical use of software and it brought another question to mind. If I were to release software with an open source license, and someone were to use it in a manner that ...
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How to stop/mitigate damage from abuses of the Collective Code Construction Contract (C4)

What defenses does an Open Source project utilizing the Collective Code Construction Contract (C4) have against unknown developers who may have intentions to merge malicious (but not immediately ...
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How to deal with unaddressed bug reports?

Here's one problem I don't have a strategy yet: I find an important bug in an open source project, contact a mailing list requesting the maintainers to fix it and after a triage, I get no response. ...
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Can projects undergo a hostile takeover?

Can an open source project undergo a hostile takeover? That is, the current project has an active community and an active BDFL, but some individual or group wants to take over the project. Also, does ...
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Fair voting protocol for a community choosing a new icon? [closed]

Our app's icon dates back to when shiny gradients were cool, so we asked users to design a new one, and about 20 different designs have been submitted. A particular user submitted a very nice design, ...
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How to keep open source projects up to date

I am working on an open source collaborative project with numerous other people. Often many people are working on it at once. This creates problems with multiple versions of the same file. Is there ...
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On what grounds can companies bring open source projects into closed source?

There are applications that are widely used out there (just think of PHP, MySQL, etc...). What would happen if the organisations behind them pull this software back into closed source? On what ...
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Licensing Community Wiki Posts at Stack Exchange

A while back, I ask this question: Can I Override a licensing Policy? I determined that instead of stating a license on a profile page, it dual-licenses the content posted by that user, instead of ...
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Are there actual service businesses or freelance orgs for non-programmers to hire devs to update FLO software?

A common statement about the value of Free/Libre/Open programs: non-developers can hire developers to update the software (and not be reliant on a single monopoly control over this service). Does ...
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How do I recruit a graphic designer to help on a project with no funding involved? [closed]

Recognized graphic designers usually charge a fee for their work, but what if this project isn't expecting any funds and is expected to run purely off the community? How would I attract a graphic ...
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How can I encourage users to work on other user's feature requests?

As manager of several free software projects, I am familiar with feature requests that users of my project submit to its public issue queue. Many of the suggestions are good, but having limited ...
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What do I do if my contributors are split into two camps?

Note: this is a hypothetical situation, not one I have actually encountered. (And one I hope I won't encounter) I started a small open source project and have gathered a few loyal committers. We don'...
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Can I select who can contribute to my Open Source Project?

Take this into consideration: I post one of my software projects that I had written for school, and give it an open source license, and place it online for people to evaluate and contribute their ...
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Which communication channel is favorable if I am making my project open source?

I am thinking of making one of my projects open source and I am thinking which communication channel to use. Mailing lists are great, but less on interactivity, IRC is high on interactivity, but ...
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What are the best ways to get involved with open source projects? [closed]

I would like to know if someone could explain to me how to go about working on an open source project. I know that you can use git and other types of programs to commit code, but is there some sort of ...
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How can I make a customer understand that free software involves some costs? [closed]

A common misunderstanding is that free software (replace the terms with "open source software" as you wish) will never involve costs. While this might be indeed true regarding you don't need to pay ...
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Hierarchy of an open source project [closed]

As a project grows from a single developer to a dedicated group to a large community, what are best practices for setting up the project hierarchy to encourage high quality contributions across all ...