Questions tagged [project-management]

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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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, ...