The fact is, I actively contribute in some fashion or other in several open source projects. But I still feel very much like an outsider, as my contributions aren’t typically code-related.

…I would like to share some objections that I feel may cause new(ish) devs to shy away from contributing to open source software.

  • There’s no certification, ceremony, or merit badge
  • It’s not obvious where to start.
  • Guidelines often make a maintainer’s life easier, and mine harder.
  • Open source is for people who are better at this than me.
  • Trying to contribute and failing makes me feel stupid.
  • There’s no time.
  • It’s pretty lonely.

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