As more and more free and open source software people become aware of the Discourse project, they’ll surely be interested in contributing in different ways.
One of the major items of interest in open source projects is what Karl Fogel in his book Producing Open Source Software
* calls, “Social and Political Infrastructure”. I realize many of these questions may not yet be answerable, and may certainly change over time, but I thought I’d ask them anyway in an unordered list to see if there’s any current thinking about how the project will evolve.
- How do decisions get made within the project?
- How does work get delegated?
- Is there one or more path for volunteers to become “leaders” with some type of accountability or responsibility?
- How does a product “roadmap” evolve and become clear, and a release get planned?
I don’t think there are any “right” or “wrong” answers to these questions, but many people will be looking for (implicit or explicit) answers to them to determine if the project is a good fit for their time and efforts. Anyway, just curious what people had to think about these questions, if anything at all.
* This is a really good (free) book for anyone new to open source projects. It’s a little bit dated, but the author is in the midst of writing a second edition updated for more modern development tools & paradigms. Many of the overall themes still are valuable, though.