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I'm a maintainer in various projects in GitHub with ~50 million weekly downloads but I am one person and can only share what worked for me. Persistence. The number one mistake I see people get is not set aside enough time to make a meaningful contribution, assume they're going to be awesome and then assume they failed when they don't get it right the first ...


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Many good things have been written already in previous answers. One alternative that hasn't been mentioned yet: you can always fork a project. You are unlikely to get anywhere forking a large project and working on it on your own, but if you find a stale project where the maintainer has gone silent, forking could be a success. If you actively maintain the ...


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what is the best way to go about being an active, influential FOSS contributor? The two goals I bolded that you seem to be asking about are quite different. Many open source projects start because a person has a problem, and they want to share their solution with other people (the original developer is altruistic) as well as collaborate with others on ...


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Most FLOSS projects are a kind of meritocracy: those who contribute(d) a lot, they have a say. The well-known projects are not new projects and especially the maintainers often work on them for many years. Thus if you want to influence projects, you have to earn your standing with the existing contributors. You can only do that by friendly, on-topic ...


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Be more of a team player. Comments like There's always an "in" group that's running things about how the project works and aren't accepting of new ideas and innovations even if they are backed up with facts and statistics. would really scare me off having you as a contributor on a project I ran - even if you don't say things like that directly, it's what ...


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