Survey: How Important is Newcomer Experience in Free, Open Source Software Projects?

Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Nov 14, 2012 7:49 PM EDT; By Kevin Carillo
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Free, open source software projects have relied on a wide array of strategies and procedures to attract new contributors. Retaining newcomers and having them become valued sustainable contributors is a much more delicate challenge. What a person experiences when he or she is a project newcomer seems to have an important impact on the kind of contributor this person will become within a project. There has been little research about what it takes to provide a greater newcomer experience to ensure that projects keep getting quality contributors. This is what I am trying to find out in my PhD thesis.

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