In order to remember and make some of my further reflections clearly needed to jot it down some hightlights from Diana Harrelson research in the Ruth Suehle's article
- Language is a barrier and splits the community. Because of languages and cultural barriers someone feels excluded.
- Disagreements over Desktops Enviroments.(i.e. KDE vs Gnome vs LXDE vs XFCE, etc.)
- Users become a contributors
- Make tools and procedures easier to contribute.
- Designers prefers email over irc channels because of the time required and ease of send attachments, whereas packagers tende to prefer IRC for speed.
- Learning for the joy of learning and collaboration with interesting and smart people are high motivations. Motivation for personal gain, like networking or career benefis were low.
- Research ways to make becoming a contributor easier.
- Look into ways to educate new contributors on contributing to open source projects
- Investigate the effects on contributors
- Examine further contributor motivations and how to better proveide these.
- Consider the effects
- Look in to special interest groups to combat cliques.
- To find ways to unify the community behind one common definition
- Gathering a community around a common idea and mission are critical to its success.