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

“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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