The open source community is very diverse, and everyone related to it has his own designated roles and responsibilities. Moreover, each role in the open source community can reap various aspects of growth and promotion. Usually, a great open source community has the following roles:
- Open source maintainer (Maintainer)
- Open-source leader (Leader)
- Open source committer (Committer)
- Open source contributors (Contributor)
- Open source user (User)
In this article, let’s talk about what kind of gains different roles will have:
Open Source Leader
The roles and responsibilities of an open source leader is pretty much like the owner of the Whatsapp group. He is the decision-maker of the open-source project and has the right to make decisions and the final say in the affairs of ongoing open-source assignments. In addition, he is also responsible for the direction of the development of open-source projects. Also, he takes care of the initiation, design, development, maintenance, iteration and ultimate goals of the project.
As a responsible project leader, you need to consider the overall circumstances, from the development of the professional field in which the project is located to the technical direction associated with each function, to how to promote it in the community, and how to advance the progress of the project rapidly.
The acquired experience of these practical operations will enable you to analyze and make decisions correctly in all sorts of projects with ease. Therefore, the improvement that the leader obtains is also all-round, and the major improvement is reflected in the below-mentioned points:
Get a chance to realize your own ideas
The dream of every budding developer! Who doesn’t want to use technology and transform the world?
Gain higher technical insight and broader industry observation
As a rule, open-source project users are programmers from all walks of life, and developers will also use your project for different business scenarios. This is very different from simplifying the business-level project, so you must consider all the aspects to design your open source project and acquire a deeper understanding of relevant knowledge points. On the flip side, you should pay enough attention to projects on the same or adjacent track and better understand the situations inside the track.
Temper a persevering mental power
Leaders must not be all-powerful, but if you want to open new ways, you should become “omnipotent”. The success of a project depends on the whim of talent. Your ability to distinguish yourself from others is mainly because of persistence.
Improve your own leadership
Nurturing an open-source project is not simple. As a leader, initiating an open source project means you need to find a solution to all related issues. When other group members encounter challenges and become stagnate, you need to stand up and lead everyone else out of the predicament.
Improve self-identity and sense of accomplishment
When you resolve each difficulty encountered in the project and realize each idea one by one, you will feel the joy of harvest and confirmation of your own accomplishments. This will encourage you to keep heading forward at any time.
Accumulate your own prestige
With the continued development of open source projects, the project gains more and more followers. As a leader, the reputation within the industry will also gain higher grounds.
Meet a lovely group of friends
A single person does not dictate the development path of an open source project, people’s carnival decides it. The growth and development of open-source projects is not possible without the encouragement and help of friends. Children of the arena, self-willing arena!
Improve personal comprehensive quality
- The learning spirit. To work on open source projects, you need to face a lot of challenges. At the same time, you must have a deeper understanding of the various open source frameworks you select. Independent learning is an indispensable part of every open-source developer.
- Competitive spirit. It is one of the core concepts of open source programming, which encourages free competition. While developing an open source project, the end goal of the developer is to make his project the best project on that track. Such a thing will naturally encourage competition. In an entirely liberalized open source community, competition is also a virtuous circle.
Open Source Maintainer
The open source maintainer is the brain behind the project. It can be easily compared with the administrator of the Whatsapp group, who will share the project affair details with the open-source leader. In most open source projects, both the roles of the project leader and maintainer are likely to overlap in the early stages of open source project operation.
Therefore, the roles and responsibilities of a good open-source maintainer is easily comparable with the open-source leader.
Overall, personal participation in open source projects is of great help to professional development and personal growth.
- Personal branding
- Improve your skills
- Industry perspective expanded
- Increased demand for positions
- Interpersonal relationship development
- Have the ability to leave the company to survive
- The joy of growing up
- Sense of accomplishment
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