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Q&A What is a reasonable minimum for making a FOSS project inviting to contributors?

A lot of people who maintain FOSS projects would like to get more contributions. What can the maintainer do to ensure that potential contributors are converted into actual contributors? There are...

2 answers  ·  posted 2mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 2mo ago by Michael‭

#1: Initial revision by user avatar matthewsnyder‭ · 2024-03-23T22:06:23Z (about 2 months ago)
What is a reasonable minimum for making a FOSS project inviting to contributors?
A lot of people who maintain FOSS projects would like to get more contributions.

What can the maintainer do to ensure that *potential* contributors are converted into *actual* contributors?

There are many things you can do to encourage people to contribute to your project, up to and including paying them a full time salary to do so. But nobody would seriously claim that it's reasonable to expect every FOSS maintainer who wants more contributions to offer paid positions. That is why I am asking about a *reasonable minimum* - things that any maintainer can be reasonably expected to do if they care at all about encouraging people to contribute, and there's no real excuse not to do them.

To encouraged more focused answers, let's assume the project is hosted as a single repository on a code host with a web interface like Gitlab.