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[On-Demand Talk] From Contributor to Maintainer in Open Source

About this talk

This talk will explore how to identify and understand the right open source community and project to participate in as a newer developer. We'll also look at the difference between an individual contributor’s role and a maintainers role as well as little steps you can take to navigating to the maintainer role and some bigger steps you can take when transitioning to a maintainer in open source.

Takeaways

  1. Why every maintainer or manager in Open source today was once a regular contributor.
  2. How consistency and dedication towards contributions yield faster results.
  3. Why every contributor stands a chance to move up the leadership ladder in open source.

Slides

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🌈 Comment below and ask me questions β€” I might just answer them during my live speaker discussion!


About Anita Ihuman

I am a self taught software developer, technical writer and open source advocate, currently working as a Developer Advocate at Kyverno (Kubernetes policy engine). I developed interest in programming in 2020 and thanks to the pandemic, I had enough time to learn and get a hang of it.

I got to know more about Open Source by June 2020, and just like every first contributor, I was scared and had so many doubts. I started by contributing to random open source projects on GitHub but then I realized that I wanted to do more. I saw how contributors earned titles in their various communities they contributed to and I wanted to make an impact that would earn me one of these titles as well.

I decided to focus my energy on a few open source communities to level up. While I was still making random contributions on GitHub, I began focusing on 3 communities: Gnome, CHAOSS, and Layer5.

After 4 months on consistent contributions, I...

  • Became a D&I Badge reviewer at CHAOSS
  • Joined the content creators for Gnome Africa
  • Earned the MeshMate title in Layer5 and was invited to join the team of community managers

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This on-demand talk is part of CodeLand 2021 β€” a virtual conference brought to you by CodeNewbie & DEV on September 23 & 24, 2021.

Discussion (11)

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Jennie Ocken (she/her)

Hi! Reminder that if you have any questions for Anita to drop them here! We'll address these questions in the live speaker discussion coming up soon.

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Gracie Gregory (she/her)

I'd love to hear more of your advice on mentoring new contributors! Are you an advocate of doing that on a 1:1 basis in addition to making the README of a project more guided/newbie-friendly?

Also, when a project is not necessarily the best choice for a newer contributor, what is a respectful way for a maintainer to make this clear?

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Jane Tracy πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»

Great talk, open source is amazing.

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Novice • Edited

Woah! Taking the next step is always important and this talk just came in at the right time. Thanks a lot Anita. The talk was great and helpful :)
Would love to hear more :D

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Anita-ihuman Author

I am glad you found this session helpfull.

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Novice

:D

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Sarah Rivera

Thank you! Appreciate your talk and the information and perspective you shared.

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Anita-ihuman Author

Thank you for listening

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fizzybuzzybeezy

This is a fantastic roadmap to open source contributions and leadership. Thank you Anita!

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Anita-ihuman Author

Thank you for listening

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Debra-Kaye Elliott

A lot of great info and tips about contributing to open source - great talk!