Breathing Life into Open Source: A Talk With Karl Fogel

4. Keep logs

What do people want to know as they read about and use your project? Logs of project website searches and activity can give useful insights. Some examples: what FAQ items are most frequently accessed? Which documentation pages? Which bug reports? Making the [privacy redacted] logs open also “allows the community to correlate those things with discussion forum activity and other publicly-available resources,” says Fogel.

With great logs comes great responsibility: only keep and analyze logs in a way that treats users’ privacy with respect, and make sure to clearly communicate how you use those logs.

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