Protect the community
This page collects resources from the open source world on maintaining and building healthy communities around your open source project.
- Protecting projects from poisonous people
- Mailing list community care
- Avoid bikesheds (related to Wadler's Law of Language Design)
- Reaching consensus in open source
- Reaching consensus
- The community around a product is more important than the product itself
- How to Build a User Community
- How to Help Mailing Lists Help Readers
- A Group Is Its Own Worst Enemy
- Build a community, not just a mailing list.
- Be very conscious of tone.
- Followup with constructivly with criticisms on blogs (ie "Thanks for you criticism, how can we do this better?").
- Be careful of trolls, and just ignore them. Possibly ban them.
- Spam can't be an afterthought. Don't think oh, we won't get spammed. Google groups does a good job.
- Listen to the community. Everyone has good and bad ideas.
- Don't pay too much attention to vocal minority. But be willing to take big risks when the community asks for them.
- Have to be willing to ask for help and delegating things.