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Part of the Community Planner for Community Building / Teil des Community Planers für das Community Building

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English version hopefully available soon. Meanwhile use a translator to read the german one below. Read the introduction.

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In der Regel beginnen Communitys mit Nutzern. D.h. es sollte schon etwas da sein und verfügbar. Menschen sammeln sich um Ressourcen und Möglichkeiten. Bloße Ideen sind das in den allerseltensten Fällen. Deshalb gilt auch: Erfolge zeigen und verfügbare Ressourcen, die Teilnahme berühmter Personen (Aufmerksamkeitskapital, Fähigkeiten) oder größerer Institutionen usw.

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„The ‘incubation period’ during which the initial team works hard to get something that works off the ground. Eric Raymond, in The Cathedral and the Bazaar, states that a necessary pre-condition for success is having ‘something runnable and testable to play with’.“ (OSS Watch)"
„All Communities start with users.“ – „Tomorrow’s developers are today’s users.“ (OSS Watch)"

 

Nachhaltigkeit & Erwartbarkeit

Bevor Menschen oder Unternehmen Zeit und Ressourcen investieren, wollen sie in der Regel wissen, ob ihr Investment auch sicher ist. Ist das Projekt auch stabil? Scheint sein Weiterbestehen sicher? Wird es auch morgen noch da sein, verlässlich, geupdatet, supported und damit benutzbar? Das bedeutet, es sollte ein Nachhaltigkeitsplan vorliegen und transparent sein, damit Leute diese Antworten bzw. diese Sicherheit finden können. Woher kommen die Ressourcen für den Betrieb, Erhalt und die Weiterentwicklung? Das kann ein Geschäftsmodel sein oder Hinweise auf wichtige Förderpartner. Ein Geschäftsmodel ist meist selbsterklärend andere Modelle kann man gegebenenfalls in Extradokumenten darstellen.

Zur Erwartbarkeit gehört, dass die Zukunft des Projektes ungefähr vorhersehbar scheint. Worauf lässt man sich ein? Ist transparent, wohin es sich entwickeln wird? Sind die Ziele klar? Und ist die Projektstruktur (Projektmanagement, Governance, IP usw. – siehe unten) sowie die Ressourcenlage auch so, dass dieses Ziel auch erreichbar erscheint.

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Drawbacks [for developers to join OSS projects/Motivation killers]: ( – )  There is no guarantee that development will happen. It is unknown if an open source project will become usable, especially when a project is started without significant support from one or more organizations. Even if the project does reach a usable stage, it is possible the project can die if there is not enough funding or interest toward it. (…); ( – )  The structure of the open source community is one that involves contributions of multiple developers and programmers; software produced in this fashion may lack standardization and compatibility with various computer applications and capabilities. (…); ( – )  It is sometimes difficult to know that a project exists, and its current status. Especially for open source projects without significant support, there is not much advertising involved in open source software. > Also Werbug hilft und ist wichtig. (…);  ( – )  Not much support exists for open source software. Qualified support essentially does not exist. The available support for open source software is predominantly self-motivated discussions found on the Internet, and since the software is constantly being changed, no manuals or instructions are made.  ( – )  There is no guarantee of updates. Although open source software is available to anyone for free, regular updates are not assured since users do not pay for its use.  (Wikipedia; Open Source Movement)"
To be sustainable a project must meet its own costs. These include infrastucture costs such as hosting and supporting services, and also the costs of developing, updating and maintaining the codebase. They may also include the costs associated with the governance of the project, and with marketing and communications. Many projects have their initial costs covered by an injection of funding from a parent body, a sponsor, an investor, or directly by the founding developer. However, what happens when this money or resource runs out? (OSS Watch)"
…include user or developer time spent on the project, sponsorship from interested corporate members, or paid support for the maintenance of the product being developed. All of these ways in which the project sees itself being maintained and supported are put together in a sustainability plan. If this plan is made available online, the vision for the project becomes clearer. Its transparency and accountability also increase, and potential new members can better plan their engagement with the community. (OSS Watch)"
Ideally, a first version of the sustainability plan should appear as early as the project bid stage. (…) Thereafter, the sustainability plan should be periodically updated to reflect the expanding opportunities for collaboration and third-party contributions as the project community grows. (OSS Watch)"

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