Who Can Contribute to Free Software? Everyone!

by chromatic

Russell Coker just posted Who Can Contribute to Free Software, building off of a theme by Pia Waugh. Using the words "hacker" and "coder" sometimes makes it sound as if the only (or most valuable) contributions to free software are code.

That's not true. It's also not true that everything else is unglamorous scut-work, like sifting through bug reports. You could run a web site, write a weblog, answer questions on mailing lists, set up smoke tests, file bugs, review documentation, recommend the project to people who need it, and more. It's well-on time that people who make non-code contributions receive the full accolades and appreciation they deserve. (That's why every time I praise a project in my "Thank You" series, I praise all contributors, not just developers.)