Has anyone here contribtued to an open source project? One of my goals
for this year is to try and attract more participation in Mozilla
projects form members of the design communities (UX, HCI, IDX, IA,
Visual Design, I'm not choosy!)
As someone's who's only recently started working with OSS community
processes, tools and techniques, I know that a lot of the entry points
can be incredibly daunting, and it can be hard to determine where one
would *start* to contribute should one be inclined to do so. I held a
session at TorCamp 1.0 several months ago, and most of the comments
about why people haven't gotten involved centered around the fact that
the OSS tools were opaque and not geared towards the sorts of input
and deliverables normally contributed by a member of the design
If possible, I'd like to try to tear down as many of those barriers to
entry as I can, and get a vibrant community of designers working
together to make open source products better.
So, to start this discussion rolling ..:
- have you ever contributed to an open source project?
- if yes, was the contribution used? was the experience fulfilling?
- if no, is there any reason why you haven't?
- what would make it easier for you to contribute to an open source project?
- what would you like to see more of in open source projects?
(ps: I'm going to be at CHI in Montreal at the end of the month, and
would love to meet up with people to talk more about this, and even
buy them some drinks!)
[ mike beltzner / user experience lead / mozilla corporation ]