Adam Hyde’s recent blog post, “Attributing all contributors in open source,” highlights some of the complexity and nuance around open source software citation, contributorship, and authorship.
The open source community tends to focus solely on the contributions of developers, which are indeed crucial. But when people with a diversity of backgrounds – designers, end users, project managers, and more – also bring their own perspectives and experience to the table, the software gets even better. Broad and inclusive attribution for open source contributors of all stripes will help attract more people to open source projects, and reflects the foundational values and philosophy behind open source software.
Post by John Chodacki