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Why Open Source Communities Continue to Thrive (And What Other Communities Can Learn From It)

Sep 16, 2007, 00:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Len DiMaggio's post about his experiences within three different communities is essentially a tale of why those of the open source variety have come to represent a successful form of technology-centric commonwealth. Still, a vision for the next generation of the commons isn't unique to the realm of technology, just as my observation of it isn't groundbreaking. So even if all open source communities aren't created equal, there are several characteristics that stand out amongst those which flourish. Qualities and tendencies which are often taken as a given within the context of open source but can and do go missing within other types of communities.

"I probably sound like a broken record by now, but it's worth mentioning again: Community is only as good as its ability to attract a diverse range of contributions..."

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