How to crack an open source community

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For a community founded on peace, love, and free-flowing code, the open source community can be a difficult crowd to crack. As new academic research details, newbie developers often struggle to find acceptance in established open source communities for a wide variety of reasons.

As much as we may want to think of open source communities as welcoming meritocracies, the reality is much more nuanced. For those thinking of contributing to an open source project, here are the top obstacles.

Social interaction

Not surprisingly, developers can be a prickly lot. Even when they’re not, it’s hard to break into an established community where everyone knows each other or, to the outsider, appears to.

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