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how to find reviewers and contributors to an ambitious research open source project?

On my spare time, I am working on an ambitious, GPLv3+, AGI related, research project (much more research than development). I intend to work on that fulltime in my retirement (or even trying to get ...
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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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Opensource projects using JIRA?

For my master thesis in software engineering I am looking into opensource projects using JIRA as an issue tracking system. However, other than Jenkins and the projects by Apache, it seems that such ...
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Are there cases where not releasing code history led to failure?

One of the problems that comes up around releasing a piece of formerly proprietary software as open source is the necessity to "scrub the history" of potentially embarrassing or legally hazardous ...
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How do you manage provenance metadata and licence conditions for the data and software packages you use in your research?

Background: I asked this question to a statistical research audience on CrossValidated but was suggested that here might be more appropriate, so re-posting; keen for any tips! In spatial analysis (...
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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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A worldwide software todo list [closed]

When someone wants to develop a project but has no idea of what to do, where does he/she go to look for ideas? I guess i.e. github will be part of an answer. But is there any platform out there with ...
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Should I require that new issues be written in English?

English is considered by most to be a lingua franca for the developer community. From time to time issues written in another language are opened on GitHub projects that I manage, which I personally ...
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How to handle a pattern of GitHub volunteers wanting to work on an issue then disappearing

Since I registered my project on Up For Grabs, I get a lot of novice volunteers, which is great as I like both the ideas of 1) improving the app 2) introducing novices to open source collaboration. ...
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How does one structure a C# OSS project to be accessible to wide ranging group of developers?

I'm looking at figuring out how to deal with C# projects in open source sanely. Visual Studio is both backwards and forwards incompatible, so everybody in the project has to use the same version, if ...
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What are Agile methodologies of project management that work on open source projects? [closed]

Are there any Agile workflow that a team that don't necessarily have sprints, set hours, with varying amounts of time, that are able to be implemented? Ideally I'd like to be able to contain a minimum ...
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Costs of commercial vs open source [closed]

I am comparing two types of products, a commercial product and a commercially supported opensource product and comparing the cost over a certain period. The commercial product cost includes ...
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How long to wait until the contributors will make a PR

I have some #hacktoberfest issues in my project. All of them are occupied by users but mostly nobody made PR. So should I wait until the end of #hacktoberfest or may I ask them about theirs plans to ...
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What do open source software maintainers do?

I have heavily used open source software for several years, but now that I'm finally ready to dive in as a developer, I found myself not even knowing this very basic thing: what do maintainers do? As ...
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user communication with open source [closed]

regarding using/developing, reporting issues (bugs/usability issues) or requesting new feature, what are the obstacles in front of users to let their voice be heard? what mechanisms and ...
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How should I structure a new open source group

I have taken the lead to start a new open source group for the hardware description language VHDL. There are many existing (open source) projects out in the world and many are hosted on GitHub. On the ...
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Creating first add-on to Open Source project with Bitbucket

I wish to install my first add-on to my newly acquired Bitbucket open source project. Should it be setup and developed on its on branch and then imported in when approved and working OR Edit the ...
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What to do when proprietary code is found in your open source project?

We have an open source project and suspect one contributor has submitted code that is not their own and is under a closed source copyright. We know we have to remove the code. Also I assume anyone ...
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How can I prevent abandoning a project due to a lack of time?

I have a somewhat popular open source project. It's used by enough people to get a good number of bug reports and some pull requests per month, but not popular enough to have a development team or ...
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Security of Github.com

Recently some non-technical managers where I work found out that Github has a repository with code from "Hidden Tear" which is a ransomware application. The immediate reaction was to ban GitHub, which ...
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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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Is it appropriate for me to have multiple project maintainers in this project?

I'm currently the sole maintainer of an API that a friend and I have written. It is currently written in Java, and is designed to make a lot of the low level interfaces high-level, to help ease the ...
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Good licence for a new documentation project

I want to publish a lot of documentation on programming and other similar topics I have been writing over the years. The documentation consist of explanations, diagrams, exercises and code examples. ...
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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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How to react to unhelpful contributions to otherwise unnoticed projects

Time and again, it is noted how frustrating it seems to contributors when their contributions are rejected (e.g. here, here, or here). That is why I am somewhat undecided about how to handle a ...
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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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Dealing with different development environments

In corporate software development, all developers are, typically, using the same IDE running on the same version of the same operating system. In OSS, the team is distributed and providing their own ...
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Could investing in marketing improve the development of my project?

Suppose I have an open source project. The developers I have are good, but I think an outside look (new coders) may help the project. We are currently running out of ideas, and are at a loss of what ...
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Can I release my plugin scripts as open source if they rely on a proprietary API?

I write scripts for a commercial GIS package (ArcGIS) using Python and the GIS package software API (Arcpy). I had been thinking about putting the scripts that I create on GitHub under an MIT licence ...
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Can I force additional notices in my open source project?

Answering a question here put me in a drawback. In Open Source projects, it's clear that copyright notices shall be retained, especially when they contain copyleft and share alike clauses. However, ...
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What to do if a software component to be published under open source license is linked with other components that are not open source?

In my case we developed several software components that work together to build the final system. Now I want to release my developments under the GPLv3 license. When checking the dependencies I ...
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Whose responsibility is it to test contributions?

When submitting a contribution to an open source project, whether a bug fix or a new feature, is testing this new code the responsibility of the person contributing it, or can testing be left to ...
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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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In an open source project does the owner hold any responsibility to keeping the project accessible?

Suppose I was the owner of an open source project. Many people work in this project.. And many people use it. My question: Do I have legal obligation to keep the project accessible to the ...
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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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What can you do if you can't track down all old contributors to sign a CLA?

Many FOSS projects start out without a Contributor License Agreement (CLA). Many, if they become large and successful, will want to transition to system based on CLAs. But what about if they can't ...
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In open source projects, how do you minimize sabotage risks?

Suppose you are working on a large open source project with 20+ people. Suppose one of these people get mad and decide they want to sabotage the entire project. My question: What measures (if any) ...
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How could I include my business partners / investors in the open source product development?

In my company we are developing a large open source piece of software. To do this we have hired many developers. To pay these developers we have gotten business partners and investors to help cover ...
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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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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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What's the difference between bazaar-style and cathedral-style open source projects?

I am trying to choose the perfect license for my project.... After doing research I ran into a question which I could not find an answer to: My question: What's the difference between bazaar-style ...
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Why might open source companies use crowd funding?

Often when I see open source companies I notice one of their sources of funding is crowd funding? My question is why is this? Are there not any better methods of income that they could use?
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Should I archive/delete old projects of questionable quality [closed]

I have some old projects that I personally consider close to worthless at this stage, if there's any user-base they are likely to have their own forks and while there's some nifty tricks in them the ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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How can I recover content from an open source project host that has shut down?

Codehaus shut down earlier this year. Many projects that were hosted there, including JIRA pages like this one, are now broken. What can I do to access all the lost content of projects that were ...