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Fostering a Volunteer Community

Jimmy Wales (founder of Wikipedia) knows a thing or two about fostering a geeky volunteer community. A desire to do well at my current post of “Mr. Open Source” on the Mifos project has led me to try and learn some lessons from people like Jimmy. Here are two crucial points gleaned from an interview with him on FLOSS Weekly:

  • small group dialogs are best, too many people on one problem ends in voting/groupthink
  • build a system that supports bees and and handles wasps (my verbage)