For those interested in building a robust open source community, the following YouTube video contains some very interesting advice - we could do worse than base our strategy on some of these insights.
The speaker is Paul Fenwick, an open source evangelist with the Perl Foundation
The talk is called Fear Uncertainty and Dopamine
You can find it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0H0BKrF4HY
It is a worthy and entertaining use of 24 minutes and 5 seconds of your time, IMHO.
There are a lot of lessons to be learned here and a few viewings will be necessary to get them all, but the key ones I heard are:
• The most committed community members are those who are self-motivated, and there are activities we could encourage to build self-motivation.
• Building closer relationships with community members is a good way to defuse hostility and build understanding.
• The community can be grown if we provide public, entry-level tasks for newcomers.
… and a lot more besides.
I’d be very interested in discussing this further with anyone interested - watch the video and let me know!