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From Isabel Drost-Fromm <>
Subject Research on volunteer retention
Date Mon, 12 Nov 2018 15:55:35 GMT

a couple days ago someone recommended I read the following two papers:
"Who Will Stay in the FLOSS Community? Modeling Participant’s Initial

... essentially an analysis of which intrinsic factors, as well as which
project global and contributor local factors play a role in turning an
early contributor into a long term project member.
"Uncovering the Periphery: A Qualitative Survey of Episodic Volunteering in
Free/Libre and Open Source Software Communities"

... an analysis of the phenomenon of contributors who work on the periphery
of a project, e.g. as volunteers that come and go, that work when they get
the time to do so, that participate at a lower rate than their full-time

>From time to time I get the question of how to best recruit new
contributors. Reading (well, more skimming than actually diving deep enough
to do a thorough scientific review of them) those two papers made me aware
of some factors that I found work well in the past backed with actual
experiments and analysis.

Hope someone on this list finds those as interesting,

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