The Open Source Contributor Funnel

The Open Source Contributor Funnel

Every open-source project wishes it had more maintainers to help run things. Learn from Mike McQuaid, maintainer of the Homebrew project for 7 years with over 5500 contributors, how to encourage and increase participation in your open-source project.

Presented at CodeConf in 2016.

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Mike McQuaid

June 28, 2016
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  1. The Contributor Funnel: Turning Users Into Maintainers !▶ Mike McQuaid

  2. Mike McQuaid Maintainer (2009-16) github.com/MikeMcQuaid

  3. ! Mike McQuaid Senior Engineer (2013-16) github.com/mikemcquaid

  4. group funnel upsell retain

  5. group !

  6. users !

  7. contributors

  8. maintainers

  9. funnel

  10. leads prospects sales

  11. users contributors maintainers

  12. upsell ☝

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  16. github.com/Homebrew/brew/blob/master/share/doc/homebrew/How-To-Open-a-Homebrew-Pull-Request-(and-get-it-merged).md

  17. github.com/Homebrew/brew/blob/master/share/doc/homebrew/New-Maintainer-Checklist.md

  18. retain

  19. users high quality no guilt merges no v2.0

  20. contributors no bike shedding ☎ mailing list/IRC no feature issues

  21. maintainers code of conduct private chat always growing

  22. group funnel upsell retain

  23. questions?