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Fostering FOSS Communities: A Guide for Newcomers

Fostering FOSS Communities: A Guide for Newcomers
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Author(s): Hillary Nyakundi (freeCodeCamp, Kenya)and Cesar Henrique De Souza (Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Copyright: 2023
Pages: 39
Source title: Business Models and Strategies for Open Source Projects
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Francisco José Monaco (Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-4785-7.ch007


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In this chapter, the authors explore the importance of creating a welcoming and supportive community for new contributors trying to venture into the field of open-source. They cover the best practices for creating a positive and inclusive environment, such as clear documentation, accessible communication channels, and active mentorship programs. Additionally, they delve into some of the key challenges that new contributors often face and also offer strategies for overcoming these obstacles. By promoting a supportive and welcoming community, open-source projects can encourage more people to participate, thereby increasing their overall impact and diversity in society.

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