Hope in Source

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Summary

Is more (information, people, code) always better? Nadia Eghbal joins Henry to chat about her new book, Working in Public: The Making and Maintenance of Open Source Software, a deep-dive into the of open source community and how it may paint a picture of online communities in general. They talk about her 2x2 model of communities, the public web (Twitter) to private groups (group chat), the turn to individual creators, and the importance of moderation and boundaries. Transcript at https://hopeinsource.com/overparticipation

Henry: https://twitter.com/left_pad
Nadia: https://twitter.com/nayafia
The Book: Working in Public: The Making and Maintenance of Open Source Software

Show Notes

> Is more (information, people, code) always better?

Nadia Eghbal joins Henry to chat about her new book, Working in Public: The Making and Maintenance of Open Source Software, a deep-dive into the of open source community and how it may paint a picture of online communities in general. They talk about her 2x2 model of communities, the public web (Twitter) to private groups (group chat), the turn to individual creators, and the importance of moderation and boundaries. Transcript at https://hopeinsource.com/overparticipation.

Henry: https://twitter.com/left_pad
Nadia: https://twitter.com/nayafia
The book (out now), Working in Public: The Making and Maintenance of Open Source Software

Headings:
  • Five Years Looking At Open Source Communities
  • Our Common Wisdom Encourages Participation But..
  • Pushing Back on the Definition of Participation
  • 2x2 of Contributor/User Growth
  • Victims of Success
  • It's a Good Problem, Let's Adapt to Changing Circumstances
  • Liberalism and "Don't Read the Comments"
  • Questioning Hypotheses and Norms
  • Salvation By Maintenance
  • Welcoming Communities, Seeker Friendly Churches
  • The Importance of Moderation: Saying No
  • Inversion of Authority
  • Whose Responsibility? Platforms?
  • GitHub Isn't a Creator Based Economy, Yet
  • Open Source and Content Creation
  • Maintenance is Inherently Not Top of Mind?
  • Modes of Production: Niche and Growth
  • Beyond Zoom: Designing For Conversation
  • Cozyroom
  • Tools Vs. Apps: The Tyranny of Grids
  • Simulating Walking Through a Park
  • Digital Fidgeting Through Removing Video
  • Focusing Through Distraction?
  • Shaping to Future of The Social Web
  • Creating the Suburbs of the Internet
  • The Beautiful Dance of Norms

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What is Hope in Source?

What are the parallels between faith and open source software? Join Nadia Eghbal and Henry Zhu for an off-the-cuff conversation between friends. Check out hopeinsource.com and nadiaeghbal.com/public-faith for the backstory