I'm in the process of putting the final touches on an open-source framework that I hope to release in the next few months. It's something that I'd like to develop a community for and so I'm curious about what factors influence your decision to use a new framework or tool and why.
Some of the specific things I'd like to know more about (feel free to add to this):
- Types of documentation/tutorials/instruction
- Community support (comments/forum)
- Updates (blog/social media/feeds)
- Look and feel of the project website design
- White papers/testimonials
- A big feature list
- Community size
- Ability to contribute
- Project test coverage (stability/security)
- Level of buzz (recommended by friends or around the web)
- Convincing marketing copy
Ideally, I'd like to have all of the above, but what specific features/qualities will carry greater weight in getting programmers to adopt something new? What says, 'This is a professional-grade project,' and what are red flags that keep you from trying it out?