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Josh Senyak Author

This is very helpful. Thank you Michael. I'm coming to understand that open source is largely about a community and only partially about shared code development. Since I'm a writer I'm especially intereted in the crucial role that documenters (and community managers!) play in that community.

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Michael Tharrington (he/him)

Awesome! Well, if I can help, please let me know. 🙂

I think you're exactly right... open source really depends on community. Generally everyone is by themselves at home working solo on their machine, so good docs and patient communication are super important for setting clear expectations and connecting everything together with little friction.

Community is also just important for the morale aspect. While I'm not a dev and not merging loads of code or anything, I'd like to think that if I did, someone would notice and give some sort of shout out. We generally all want some recognition; I'm thinking about when I work with folks over GitHub and don't see the person (in person) who is helping to create that feature request I requested, it's important that I make the extra effort to give them a shoutout.