8 new blog posts on how to encourage new contributors

Help us collect community knowledge by blogging about the weekly community management theme.
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Help us collect community knowledge by blogging about the weekly community management theme. Blog posts are due the following Thursday after each new theme is announced. Next week's challenge is Maintaining Existing Community.



Thanks for everyone that shared their knowledge about how the first theme Encourage New Contributors! So, how do you encourage new contributors? Let's see what people had to say.

Blog posts for theme #1: Encourage New Contributors

Ask Not What Your Community Can Do For You by Stephen Walli‏

Retaining Community Contributors and 3 ways you find the right contributor and where to find them by Rich Bowen 

Encouraging new community members by Dave Neary

Developers: Adopt a designer by Andres Galante‏

Onboarding New Contributors in the Fedora Project by Brian Exelbierd, Red Hat Community

Encouraging New Contributors by Brian Bouterse, Pulp Project

Encouraging New Contributors by Amye ScavardaGluster

Tips for Attracting Contributors to Open Source Project by Atul Jha

3 ways open source software communities could learn from Crossfit by Stormy Peters

Community events help recruit new contributors by Leslie Hinson

Next week's blog theme: Maintaining Existing Community

For next week, the blogging theme is Maintaining Existing Community. Send your blog to me by next Thursday, April 20 by tagging your post with #osscommunities on Twitter.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Who was the first community manager you ever met? (Give them a heads up before you write about them, if you can!)
  • Should community managers sit in marketing or engineering?
  • Tell us about a long-term working relationship you've had with a community online, whom you haven't met in person.
  • How does meeting people IRL (in real life) help or improve working relationships?
  • Can you have too big a community? If so, what's "too big", and what problems does it cause?
  • How do you encourage and retain non-code contributors?
  • What does a community manager do?
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Stormy Peters leads the Community Leads team at Red Hat. Stormy is passionate about open source software and educates companies and communities on how open source software is changing the software industry. She is a compelling speaker who engages her audiences during and after her presentations.

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