A tool to define the governance rules of your (open source) projects

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We recenly asked you to explain us why you did not contribute (more) to open source projects . After analyzing the results of the survey we discovered that one of the reasons which hamper contributions is the lack of clear undesrtanding on how the project is governed, that is, who can contribute, how contributions are evaluated, who decides when they are integrated in the official release,…

As researchers, we can’t help it but try to improve the state of the art so we would like to explore possible solutions for this situation. For now, we have created a prototype tool aimed at facilitating the definition of governance rules for your open source projects (the idea would be, once all this is validated, to include this text in the project repository so that everybody can easily understand how the project works). At this point, we would like to ask your help (once again) to test whether the tool options is expressive enough to cover the typical governance models employed in your projects.

Therefore, we kindly invite you to use our tool to describe the governance rules (implicit or explicit) used in one of the projects you lead/contribute/participate. Questions Q1-Q5 allow you to create new governance rules (and provide an English verbalization of the rule at the bottom of the form). Once you’ve finished creating the rules answer the survey at the end and submit the form.

Thanks in advance for your help and please spread the word to all colleagues you think could be interested!

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