Creating a successful and sustainable Open Source Software (OSS) project often depends on the strength and the health of the community behind it. Current literature explains the contributors’ lifecycle, starting with the motivations that drive people to contribute and barriers to joining OSS projects, covering developers’ evolution until they become core members. However, the stages when developers leave the projects are still weakly explored and are not welldefined in existing developers’ lifecycle models. In this position paper, we enrich the knowledge about the leaving stage by identifying sleeping and dead states, representing temporary and permanent brakes that developers take from contributing. We conducted a preliminary set of semi-structured interviews with active developers. We analyzed the answers by focusing on defining and understanding the reasons for the transitions to/from sleeping and dead states. This paper raises new questions that may guide further discussions and research, which may ultimately benefit OSS communities.

Why Do Developers Take Breaks from Contributing to OSS Projects? A Preliminary Analysis

Giuseppe Iaffaldano;Fabio Calefato;Filippo Lanubile
2019

Abstract

Creating a successful and sustainable Open Source Software (OSS) project often depends on the strength and the health of the community behind it. Current literature explains the contributors’ lifecycle, starting with the motivations that drive people to contribute and barriers to joining OSS projects, covering developers’ evolution until they become core members. However, the stages when developers leave the projects are still weakly explored and are not welldefined in existing developers’ lifecycle models. In this position paper, we enrich the knowledge about the leaving stage by identifying sleeping and dead states, representing temporary and permanent brakes that developers take from contributing. We conducted a preliminary set of semi-structured interviews with active developers. We analyzed the answers by focusing on defining and understanding the reasons for the transitions to/from sleeping and dead states. This paper raises new questions that may guide further discussions and research, which may ultimately benefit OSS communities.
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