Essential roles of Open- Sourcerers

In our previous article we have seen the importance of Open Source, how to contribute, how to Open source your ideas you can read them here. In this article we will see the essentials available roles in Open-Source Ecosystem and see where we fit in.

Contributing to open source can be a rewarding way to learn, teach, and build experience in just about any skill you can imagine.

Open-source project needs more than just coders

  • Developer
  • Verifier
  • Approver
  • Project lead

Below are certain roles which are not defined but could be picked on ones interest.

  • Translating documents
  • Providing feedback
  • Requesting new Features
  • Testing reporting or fixing bugs
  • Working on the Wiki pages
  • Once you gain enough knowledge working on open source projects, I think you can start helping new users who have no experience.
  • The project may also engage in more active forms of marketing, such as representation at conferences and workshops.
  • Creating FAQs solves most of the queries so try to create one if you don’t find one.
  • How -To’s tutorials, provides basic guideline for first time committer.
  • User/ Developer Guide.

If you working on an Open-Source program then the roles might slightly vary.

  • Ensuring high-quality and frequent releases of code to open-source communities
  • Fostering an open-source culture within an organization.
  • Facilitating the effective use of open-source products and services.
  • Clearly communicating the open-source strategy.

Taking the time to plan your involvement by consulting the project’s website and getting to know the community by following discussions on the mailing lists, will smooth the path to a successful and fulfilling collaboration.

All of these contributions help to keep a project active and strengthen the community.

Initially when you start working on an Open-Source project it could be overwhelming and puzzled to see where you fit or how to proceed. Well after reading this article you must be having a vague idea on the diverse role available in the Open-source Ecosystem and where to go from here.

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