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This is the start page for the [[The Open Source Way]] ''wiki upstream''.  It is ready for you to read and add to.
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{{The Open Source Way: Creating and nurturing communities of contributors}}
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This guide is for helping people to understand how to and how not to engage with community over projects such as software, content, marketing, art, infrastructure, standards, and so forth.  It contains knowledge distilled from years of Red Hat experience, which itself comes from the many years of experience of individual upstream contributors who have worked for Red Hat.
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''[https://twitter.com/rands/statuses/2033668001 Let your audience do your PR. They're pleasantly biased and decidedly not you.]''
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A bit of wisdom from [http://www.randsinrepose.com/ Rands] that applies to communities and contributions - they are pleasantly biased and decidedly not you.
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== Pretty and handy book format ==
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This content is converted regularly to other formats for web and printing publication:
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* [http://theopensourceway.org/book HTML]
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* [http://theopensourceway.org/book/The_Open_Source_Way.pdf PDF]
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== Wiki upstream content -- the raw content workshop ==
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# [[Introduction]] -- What this book is, what it is not, essential terminology (definitions and pointers)
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# [[Communities of practice]] -- The science behind the open source way
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# [[How to loosely organize a community]] -- Structure of a sustainable community
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# [[Stuff everyone knows and forgets anyway]] -- Common knowledge, common mistakes, common recoveries
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# [[What your business does correctly when practicing the open source way]] -- Distilled "Right Way"
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# [[What your business does wrong when practicing the open source way]] -- Distilled "Wrong Way"
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# [[Business the open source way]] -- Applying the open source way to business
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# [[Who else to watch]] -- People in the wider world who write, talk, and lead community-oriented discussions and actions
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# [[Books you should read]] -- Online and offline resources
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# [[Community Architecture dashboard]] -- Overview of this effort with pointers
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# [[How to tell if a FLOSS project is doomed to FAIL]] - A system for evaluating the potential of an open source project
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== Contributing to this content ==
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A specific '''goal''' of this book is ''to have a community write about community''.
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This wiki is the ''upstream'' for the book and is where all of the collaboration on writing takes place.  We can then form wiki-specific processes over time within the authoring community.  That process is written up in [[Contributing to The Open Source Way]].
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A second step is the conversion of the content in to DocBook XML for publication.  That process is written up in [[Converting to DocBook XML]].
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[[Category:The Open Source Way book]]
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Latest revision as of 00:44, 1 February 2010

The Open Source Way is a book shows how to (and how not to) engage with the community members on projects of any type by practicing the open source way.

This handbook distills years of knowledge our community members have gained while running open source projects.

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For stories and discussions about the open source way, visit our sister-site opensource.com.


Book format

This content is converted regularly to other formats for web and printing publication:

Wiki upstream content -- the raw content workshop

This is The Open Source Way wiki upstream. It is ready for you to read and add to.

  1. The Open Source Way: Creating and nurturing communities of contributors -- Main wiki page
  2. Introduction -- What this book is, what it is not, essential terminology (definitions and pointers)
  3. Communities of practice -- The science behind the open source way
  4. How to loosely organize a community -- Structure of a sustainable community
  5. Stuff everyone knows and forgets anyway -- Common knowledge, common mistakes, common recoveries
  6. What your organization does correctly when practicing the open source way -- Distilled "Right Way"
  7. What your organization does wrong when practicing the open source way -- Distilled "Wrong Way"
  8. Business the open source way -- Applying the open source way to business
  9. The Openness Index -- A maturity model for assesing alignment with the Open Source Way.
  10. Who else to watch -- People in the wider world who write, talk, and lead community-oriented discussions and actions
  11. Books you should read -- Online and offline resources
  12. Great stories to tell -- Stories that illustrate the open source way
  13. Community Architecture dashboard -- Overview of this effort with pointers
  14. Data and references -- Data and references that support the book
  15. How to tell if a FLOSS project is doomed to FAIL - A system for evaluating the potential of an open source project
  16. Appendix -- What fits not elsewhere but only here
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