Re: [Gimp-developer] Getting contributors via OpenHatch

There aren't any formal barriers to contributing to GIMP. There are definitely some formidable (ha!) barriers in the practical sense. Until we provide a clear step-by-step guide (on say Debian) to getting GIMP compiled from git, only the most highly-motivated and already-knowledgeable people will be *able* to contribute.

Let's not reduce our pool of contributors that way!


-----Original Message----- From: Jehan Pagès
Sent: Thursday, May 29, 2014 6:01 PM
To: lloyd konneker
Cc: gimp-developer
Subject: Re: [Gimp-developer] Getting contributors via OpenHatch


On Thu, May 29, 2014 at 2:42 PM, lloyd konneker <bootch nc rr com> wrote:
Jehan said: There are already absolutely*NO* barrier to contribute to GIMP.

The GIMP project does not create barriers, but there is a learning-curve
barrier, and a social barrier.

More discussion of psychology of nerds is in the book "Hackers and
Painters". Paraphrasing: nerds don't want to be popular.  Its hard work to
be popular.  Nerds and painters are both makers.

OpenHatch goal seems: to make developing FOSS popular among young people who
want to make.

Well yes, I get that. But these people who "want to make", in the end,
they still have to deal with us, not OpenHatch. What's the difference
between going directly to us rather than going through a third party?
Anyway maybe there is a point I miss. Future will tell us. Maybe that
will be good for GIMP, who knows?

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