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Aug 29, 2007, 22:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"In considering the nature of open source communities that gather around various Free software commons, I often find I need to distinguish between the different roles people play. It's common to characterise community members as either 'developers' (the 'open source' worldview emphasises this) or 'users' (the 'Free software' worldview does this). But it's increasingly clear that neither approach is sufficient.

"As I've watched various community engagements by various companies and individuals, and discussed this with various people (most recently Luis Villa), it seems to me that there are four different roles..."

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