Before the FUD gets to you, take a moment and read the I-Dousing article on Psychology Today. If the paranoid stuff out there sounds ridiculous, it’s because you’re a sane individual.
First, there’s street cred: People want to garner approval from their peers and build their reputation. Second, there’s self-actualization: Working on these projects is enjoyable in and of itself, and it also provides the opportunities to practice your skills, collect feedback, and grow as a geek. Third, there’s pure altruism: Let’s save the world, one squashed bug or “” at a time.
Interesting stuff. I definitely fall in the “practice your skills, collect feedback, and grow as a geek” category.
Also noteworthy: 97.8 percent of open source programmers are male. Like there was any surprise that it’s somewhat of a sausage fest on #developers. Anyone ever check the ratio on
about:credits? Come up with an automated way to do that’s licensed under MPL/GPL/LGPL and you’ll earn some serious street cred not to mention save the world and practice your text analysis skills.
I guess this is even more extreme than the Dave-to-Girl ratio.