ONWARD: A framework for maintaining maintainers

My ONWARD value framework for open source maintainers was published through GitHub’s README Project.

My 𝗒𝗑π—ͺ𝗔π—₯𝗗 framework for open-source maintainers was published onΒ GitHub! 😸 πŸŽ‰ πŸ™ŒπŸ½

The ReadME Project amplifies the voices of the open-source community.

Whether the project has 3 or 3,000 contributors, here are values you can follow when collaborating with other maintainers…

𝗒 π—Άπ˜€ 𝗳𝗼𝗿 π—’π—£π—˜π—‘ πŸ€—

You can’t be a maintainer of an open-source project without embodying the value of being open yourself! That means being open to feedback, discussions, guiding others, significant changes, and even ownership.

𝗑 π—Άπ˜€ 𝗳𝗼𝗿 π—‘π—¨π——π—šπ—˜π—¦ πŸ‘‹πŸ½

Empowering others to contribute is more effective than doing everything yourself. Nudging can be a valuable way to transform someone from a passive contributor to a dedicated maintainer.

π—ͺ π—Άπ˜€ 𝗳𝗼𝗿 π—ͺ𝗔π—₯𝗠𝗧𝗛 πŸ’›

Warmth isn’t just about being positive in interactions and assuming the best intentions but also about creating an environment where contributors of all levels, especially those new to open source, can thrive.

𝗔 π—Άπ˜€ 𝗳𝗼𝗿 π—”π—¨π—§π—’π— π—”π—§π—œπ—’π—‘ πŸ€–

Who doesn’t love a good bot? I love to use GitHub Actions, integrations, and other tools that make it easy to catch errors for every new PR created in the repos I maintain.

π—₯ π—Άπ˜€ 𝗳𝗼𝗿 π—₯π—˜π—–π—’π—šπ—‘π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘ πŸ†

It’s no secret that working as a maintainer can be pretty thankless. Thankfully (pun intended), you don’t have to be a part of that trend and can create clear paths to recognition amongst contributors and the wider maintainer team.

And finally, 𝗗 π—Άπ˜€ 𝗳𝗼𝗿 π——π—˜π——π—œπ—–π—”π—§π—œπ—’π—‘ πŸ› οΈ

As a maintainer, you dedicate your time and energy to other people as much as you do to the code itself. But that doesn’t mean this project has to be the end-all, be-all for you.

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Last updated on November 7th, 2022