What can #opentech communities do to field a broader range of contributors?
a lot of communities are assessing their "barrier to entry"--from tools, to docs, and so on. Lowering the barrier to entry with easy to access docs, tools, and welcoming help from the current community are some of those keys.
Looking at not only corporate entities but also academia + user groups + partnerships w/different developer ecosystems can foster broader range of contributors (vs droids) ;)
open communities are pushed forward by Jedis who raise above their employee/ personal affinities towards common goals. Need to encourage and enable them
@estesp +1 on docs -> key to on boarding new users/contributors
Communication, communication, communication. It's easy for newbies to get lost in the millions of "things" that go on in open source communities. Great documentation and communication are key.
Make sure that a diverse AND inclusive community is a focus.
guidelines around diversity and codes of conduct, and actually enforcing them, definitely encourage broader engagement
@estesp completely agree, I call it the hello world problem if you can't use the tech in 15 minutes people will walk away
+1 on clear and concise communication @skpodila
Ensuring that everyone has a voice in the community.
@estesp can't agree more on lowering the entry barrier.
Usability from DX to UX (developer & user experience) is critical as well.
as far as documentation, I think rewarding and recognizing document updaters is important to not only onboarding new contributors but also new end users
As they say with relationships - establishing one is much easier than maintaining it, communities must focus on on not only lowering the entry barrier but also on keeping the level of commitment (and engagement) high.
there are less than 10% women in open source - #girslwhocode communities help https://wp.me/p6tTze...
@duncanjw for sure, and even better if they close the feedback loop to the dev/docs/etc. teams in the community.
@ab415 And to add to that a friendly platform for that voice, whether it be online or in-person
we also need to recognize the limitations of the users in terms of time/ sources to contribute back. Helping them/ representing them do will be a big win.