Contribution refers to updates or feature additions to an existing open-source project.

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Do you think asking to sign contributor license agreement for a open source project creates a resistance for contributors? [closed]

I am working on a open-source project which is backed by an organization. Organization pays a team to make this open-source project. This project will be licensed with GPLv3. We are debating on ...
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How do I better engage the users who starred my project on GitHub?

I recently put up a project, called Hebel, that I've been working on to GitHub. It's a framework for GPU accelerated deep learning written in Python and Nvidia CUDA. I posted about it on Google+ and ...
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Reassigning Ownership Automatically

Are there any software licenses that automate the reassignment of ownership? For instance, in a usual circumstance, you have a license, and then you make all contributors sign off that by ...
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Author has inserted copyright into code with gnu public license notice - implications?

I've found a project on Github that I'm interested in contributing to which claims to be open source and has a GPL license included with it. But the original author has added a copyright ...
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How can one measure contributions to a project? [duplicate]

Has anyone ever come across this problem? When you have a team of developers working on a project, how can you measure their contributions to said project? Is there a "formal" way of doing it? Number ...
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If I accept contributions under a CLA, can I write “Copyright (c) My-Name”?

I'm thinking about open sourcing a project of mine. I'd accept contributions under a CLA that grants me a copyright license (I'll explain what I mean at the end of this question). — Now, if someone ...
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Should I create a new open project to replace an existing one?

Recently I was looking at an open source project to contribute to however after going through the ugly code base (which seems to break quite a bit) and reading some things about the current maintainer ...
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Is it fair to require copyright assignments from contributors of an OS project?

As a follow up to Does a BSD-licensed project need a signed statement from each contributor?: There are several reasons why an open source project might want to get copyright assignments from its ...
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Does a BSD-licensed project need a signed statement from each contributor?

Today I read on Fossil SCM's mailing list: The problem with BSD is that you really should get a signed form from each contributor stating that their contribution is BSD. This is automatic with ...
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How do I advertise for volunteers for my open source project [closed]

I have found a couple of related questions here on programmers.SE: How/where would I best advertise my open source project, in order to maximize my odds of finding collaborators? Where to find open ...
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Content of AUTHORS file

GNU recommends making an AUTHORS file to list the authors and contributors of a program. But how many "levels" of authors and contributors should the file contain? E.g. if I write a program foo that ...
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How does one become a big contributor to an opensource project?

I know that the default advice for open source projects, and getting started, is to start fixing bugs. But I have a feeling that its the path that one would want to take if they wanted to be a ...
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Rewarding open-source contributors

Is there a service which could help me reward (pay) the contributors of an open-source project by their contribution to the project (Maybe using data from where the code is hosted GitHub)? Maybe by ...
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Should one time contributors be listed as an Author?

When working on open source projects should one time contributor's (I mean like single or minor patchset, nothing that would be considered a major contribution ) be listed as an Author? or should they ...
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Social Impact projects

I'm working at a software consultancy that a has a lot of volunteers available for about a month and a half at a time (when we're between projects and learning things) and we'd like to start ...
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Should I help anonymity related projects? [closed]

Projects that increase online anonymity, such as Tor and bitcoin, allow personal freedom from government oppression but also allow crimes to go unpunished. As a developer, should I contribute to such ...
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How do I contribute to open source projects? [closed]

What are the mechanics of contributing to open source projects? How are they managed? What exactly is meant by submitting a patch? Should I do some reading up on advanced version control techniques?
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At what stage of an Open Source project should you invite contributions from the community? [closed]

I've been wondering about getting contributions to a new open source product my team will be developing. There's encouragement for us to get as much support from the wider community as we're able, ...
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How do I convince my company to contribute towards Open-Source?

I'm trying to convince the company I work for to contribute towards open-source software, specifically building a library/component for ASP.NET web apps. We have an 'Innovation Day' coming up where we ...
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Does your company have a written policy about contributing to open-source projects?

Does your company have a written policy about contributing to open-source projects? We've been contributing "don't ask don't tell" style, but it's time to write something down. I'd appreciate both ...
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How do you endorse/support a code project that you find helpful?

How do you endorse/support a code project that you find helpful, be it established, emergent or fledgling? I think there are some obvious answers, but hopefully there will be some novel suggestions ...