froscon2009 - 1.0

Free and Open Source Software Conference

Alexandra Leisse
Tag Day 1 (2009-08-22)
Raum HS1/2
Beginn 15:15
Dauer 01:00
ID 352
Veranstaltungstyp Vortrag
Track Other
Sprache der Veranstaltung englisch

Managing the Unmanageable

Community Building 101

Nearly every software project relies on its community for feedback, bug reports and word-of-mouth advertising. Unfortunately, having a strong user base does not automatically lead to a strong and successful community.

How can you turn users into contributors? How can you avoid negative publicity? How can you deal with controversial opinions? How can you build a strong team from people spread over various timezones? How can you ensure that diversity is beneficial instead of harmful?

How can you turn your project into a welcoming place?

These are the questions nearly every project runs into when it starts growing. It becomes more complex when smaller projects integrate into a larger community like Gnome and KDE or those around Linux distributions: they will have to compete for contributions against the bigger and maybe more appealing sub-projects and tie new members to their base.

This presentation will give an introduction to the basic rules of community building, look at internal processes of communities, show you tools that help you manage your project's perception and provide you with resources on the subject.