September 27-30, 2021
Seattle, Washington, USA + Virtual
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Wednesday, September 29 • 11:30am - 12:20pm
(IN-PERSON) Panel Discussion: Contributor Leaderboards to Incentivize Good Community Citizenship - Georg Link, Bitergia; Elizabeth Barron, CHAOSS; Amy Marrich, Red Hat; Matthew Tift, Lullabot; Matt Germonprez, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Sean Goggins

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Leaderboards that show the top-performing contributors are double-edge swords in a community's toolbox. Tracking contributions can introduce an element of gamification, especially when contributors gain privileges in a community based on their level of contributions. As a positive outcome, leaderboards can facilitate increased participation, motivation, and contributions which hopefully advances the community. As a negative outcome, leaderboards can discourage contributors who may be participating in different ways. They can also lead to increased activity that inadvertently works against the good of the community as contributors are focusing on increasing misaligned metrics. In this interactive panel session, panelists will discuss with participants the use of leaderboards and alternative metrics we can use. The session begins with a brief introduction to leaderboards, how to implement them, and examples of successful and catastrophic uses. Then, all attendants are invited to share their experiences and discuss better uses of leaderboards or alternative means to grow communities and contributions. The conversation will be captured and inform the work of the Linux Foundation CHAOSS project, where attendees are invited to continue the conversation after OSSummit.

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Elizabeth Barron

Community Manager, CHAOSS
Elizabeth has spent 20+ years in open source, with the bulk of her career in community management. She currently works as the Community Manager for CHAOSS, and previously was in community management at GitHub, Pivotal/VMWare, Engine Yard and Sourceforge. She is also a professional... Read More →
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Matt Germonprez

Co-founder, Board of Directors, CHAOSS
Matt Germonprez is the Mutual of Omaha Distinguished Chair of Information Science & Technology and Professor in the College of IS&T at the Univ of Nebraska Omaha. Matt is the co-founder of CHAOSS and is an active open source community member, having presented design and development... Read More →
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Sean Goggins

Professor / Co-Director, University of Missouri / CHAOSS Project
Sean Goggins is Co-Director of the Linux Foundation's CHAOSS Project. Sean Goggins maintains the CHAOSS Project's Augur Software and created the University of Missouri's Masters's Degree in Data Science in 2015. Sean manages the pipeline between CHAOSS metrics, a taxonomy for project... Read More →
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Georg Link

Director of Sales, Bitergia
Georg Link is an Open Source Strategist. Georg’s mission is to make open source more professional in its use of community metrics and analytics. Georg co-founded the Linux Foundation CHAOSS Project to advance analytics and metrics for open source project health. Georg is an active... Read More →
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Amy Marrich

Open Source Evangelist, Red Hat
Amy Marrich is an Open Source Evangelist at Red Hat. She currently serves as the Chair of the CentOS Project and on the Open Infrastructure Foundation Board of Directors and the CHAOSS Projects Governing Board. In addition she serves on the OpenStack Technical Committee, as chair... Read More →
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Matthew Tift

Lead Engineer, Lullabot
Dr. Matthew Tift is a lead engineer at Lullabot and a yoga teacher. He has been writing and presenting about free software and music regularly at academic and professional conferences for two decades. He started building websites professionally in 1999 and earned a Ph.D. in musicology... Read More →

Wednesday September 29, 2021 11:30am - 12:20pm PDT
Room 401