Jeremy Felt

On Citizenship in Open-source software development

On Citizenship in Open-source software development

I’ll steal the TL;DR from the author:

TL;DR: By giving an actual social status to the people contributing to a repository, GitHub would solve the problem of zombie-projects with a scattered community. By allowing these citizens to actually collaborate with each other, instead of just with the owner, repositories will live as long as the community exists, completely on auto-pilot.

Ignore “GitHub” for a second and replace with Upvoted contributions to by_the_people_ branches on plugins could be an interesting way of addressing the stale plugin or unresponsive plugin author issue.

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