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Updating modified source code's copyright [duplicate]

A few years ago I started working on an open-source project, but things continued and now--years later--I currently maintain my own branch of the project. The project currently resides on GitHub. The ...
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How to deal with “project managers” in an open-source project?

Consider this situation. A person has created a repository for a open-source project with a large scope. This person has project management experience and reportedly has development experience, and ...
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How to explain to users that we do this in our spare time?

Success can be painful for a FLOSS project. We now have nearly a thousand active users and many more people are becoming active contributors to our backlog/issue tracker. Note that while we're getting ...
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Must contributor agreements be physically signed?

I've been developing an API internally with a few friends, and hope to expand it and make it open to the broader public. I've highlighted a lot of background in this question, but to recap, it's a ...
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Are beginners generally accepted into Open Source projects? [closed]

Whilst some open source projects would be too specialised and too complex, in general, are beginners welcomed into open source projects? When I say beginner I mean someone who has taken an ...
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How do Open Source projects audit code? [closed]

How do Open Source projects audit code to ensure it comes from ethical sources. For example, if a hacker hacks into IBM, steals some code and contributes it to the kernel, how does the kernel team ...
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What happens if the main contributors of an open source project die?

What happens if the main contributors of an open source project die? Are there any guarantee that someone else takes that work? Do project hosting services handle this situation? Are there any systems ...
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Where to start helping with a project?

I'm a scientist that's a self-taught programmer. I've worked on several open source projects before, but the developers gave me a better idea on what to work on. This guy just sent me a link to github ...
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Donations and open source projects with multiple contributors

I recently started accepting development contributions to a project of mine on Github. I've had a PayPal donate button on there for about a month prior and received a few donations already. Now that ...
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Standard for “CONTRIBUTORS”-style file (format, name, etc?)

In trying to deal with a codebase that was originally proprietary and then open sourced, new contributors are coming along. Each file has names on it (though usually the main author's). At this ...
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How can I convert users to contributors?

I run a project with a decently-sized userbase - a couple of hundred people, perhaps. It's regularly used by all users, and I've made it clear who developed it, where it can be found, and that it's ...
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Can anyone contribute to an open source project? [duplicate]

Suppose I have an open source project. I have 3 or so friends that have been helping with the development. My question: Does having my project open source mean that anyone can contribute to the ...
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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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How can I know how much of a change to make in each of my pull requests?

When contributing to an open source project that uses pull requests exclusively for contributions, I'm left wondering when a good time is for me to send a pull request. I'm especially in doubt when ...
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Are there any metrics/papers/studies on ease of contributing to projects?

The resounding "No!" answer to Should I feel guilty for one off contributions? raises the question, for me, of how easily a user could become a contributor to a given project. "Easily" is obviously ...
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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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Are there standard templates or clauses to exempt contributed code from rights assignment?

A customer project built on an FLOSS platform or framework (a CMS like Drupal for instance) may require some fixes to the underlying platform if it is pushing the limits or is being delivered on a ...
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Copyright and Contributing to an Open Source Project

I'm a little confused by copyright notices on open source projects. Let's say that a particular project is covered by a very permissive license, such as MIT or BSD. A copyright notice appears from ...
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How can I get contributors to document properly?

How can an open source project get volunteer contributors to document their contribution properly? Real-world example: We've got an open source project with a scripting interface. Gradually we are ...
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Should I feel guilty for one off contributions?

If I contribute some code to an open source project, ought I to continue to work on that project? If I don't have the time to continue as a regular contributor, should I avoid starting? As an analogy,...
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How can an open source project attract new contributors? [duplicate]

One of the most common things that I see in open source projects is that they are maintained by a single developer. In my opinion, this often leads to abandoned projects due to the lack of time (or ...
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Do you need a degree to become an open source developer?

I know that people don't need degrees to create closed source software. My question: Because open source programming is different to closed source, is any other education REQUIRED to program open ...
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Studies about harassment in the world of open source development?

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 ...
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Who owns the intellectual property?

In many open source projects, there are normally many contributors. Ownership of the code is generally clarified during the process of creating the contributor agreements. However, who owns the ...
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What are “contributor agreements”? Are they similar to open source licenses?

If I release my software under certain Contributor Agreements, can I give the software the same effect as if I released it under an Open source license? My business partner and I are unsure which to ...
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In an open sourced project who is the owner?

I am working on an open sourced project with some developers. It occurred to me that I was not sure (legally) who the owner actually is due to it being an open source project. Is the ownership spit ...
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How do I deal with (enthusiastic) contributors who damage more than they help?

From time to time, an open source project will attract contributors who have a lot of enthusiasm, but lack skill, knowledge (or patience to know the project). These contributors can cause clutter, put ...
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What are the upsides for a company to contribute to an open-source software they use?

Many software developing companies use open source tools or open source libraries. Sometimes they even tweak this software for their needs. So, one might argue that this tweaks should be given back to ...
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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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Guiding new volunteers learning a large codebase [closed]

Working in an open source project has the result that sometimes developers with no experience in the codebase attempt to "learn the code" on their own. There is a reoccurring trap I've seen, ...
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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 ...
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What should I look for in a platform to make my project easy to edit? [closed]

To clarify, since I don't know if "platform" is the right word: I'm talking about things like GitHub or the late Google Code. What features should I look for in a code publishing platform so that ...
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How do I structure my project in an inviting way? [closed]

When I work on new libraries and tools I potentially would like them to get contributors and activity. However, I'm not sure what I could to in order to encourage more participation. As a project ...

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