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Sep 10, 2010, 20:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Simon Phipps)

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"When I am with business people, I often find I need to distinguish between the different kinds of community that are layered around various Free software commons. It's common to characterise community members as either "developers" (the "open source" worldview often emphasises this) or "users" (the "Free software" worldview often emphasises this). More than that, using the term "community" to apply to every style of gathering leads to confusion, especially regarding motivations for participating.

"As I've watched various community engagements by various companies and individuals, and discussed this with various people, it seems to me that there are four different development-related community types, in two bands"

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