Questions tagged [human-resources]

For questions about the human management of a free/open project. Think HR departments.

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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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What can I do when a fork of my project is out-competing mine?

Suppose I'm working on a FLOSS project and someone forked it and the forked project seems to be moving faster than mine and gains more popularity than my original project (possibly because the people ...
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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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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 harassment ...
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How to deal with a very productive contributor who wants to steer the project in a different direction?

I am part of a non-commercial bazaar-style open source project which is developed and maintained entirely by unpaid volunteers. A few months ago a new programmer joined our team who is both skilled ...
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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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How can I keep a project from losing momentum? [closed]

How can I keep people involved and motivated to work on a project that doesn't involve direct monetary benefit? What specific strategies do open source projects tend to use to keep core developers ...