At Barcamp Boston yesterday I held a session to answer a question: how to you recruit people to help out on your open source and side projects?
The problem is one that vexes many developers. You develop a useful bit of code. Maybe it’s for your own use or maybe you created it during a hackathon. Then you want to give back to the community. So you open source it and upload it to github. Maybe you create a web page for it and a bit of documentation.
But then the requests start coming: can you fix this bug? Can you add this piece of functionality? Can you help me use it?
And while you’d love to develop and support it, you don’t have the amount of free time it requires. Yet it’s clearly useful to people. So the question then becomes: can you recruit other people to help?