Contributing to open source communities can be a rewarding way to learn, teach, and gain experience in just about any skill imaginable, including code. But getting started, finding an open source project to contribute to, and understanding the etiquette can be a daunting thing when you’re starting out. So much so that an survey of its readers found that for 56% of respondents, the biggest barrier to participation in open source was not knowing where to start, while 13% felt uncomfortable jumping in. Does this sound like you? If so, this post is for you. To help you learn how to be a respected open source citizen, I’ve put together this guide to participating in open source communities: what it is, some well-known (and loved!) examples, and how to get started contributing, along with tips on open source etiquette. What Is Open Source? “The term ‘open source’ refers to something people can modify and share because its design is publicly accessible.” When applied to software, like WordPress, for example, open source is a method of software development that promotes transparency and collaboration. It means the software can be freely used,
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