Stars Matter : How FLOSS Developers' Reputation Affects the Attraction of New Developers

Professorship/Faculty: Lehrstuhl für Wirtschaftsinformatik, insbesondere Informationssysteme in Dienstleistungsbereichen 
Author(s): Schilling, Andreas; Laumer, Sven ; Weitzel, Tim  
Title of the compilation: SIGSIM-CPR '14: Proceedings of the 52nd ACM conference on Computers and people research
Corporate Body: 2014 ACM SIGMIS CPR Conference, Singapore
Publisher Information: New York, NY, USA : ACM
Year of publication: 2014
Pages / Size: S. 5 - 10
ISBN: 978-1-4503-2625-4
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.1145/2599990.2599991
Document Type: Conferenceobject
The attraction of new developers is a key challenge for initiatives developing Free Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS). While previous evaluations consider status gains and competence evaluations to be key drivers for novices' joining behavior, it is unclear how FLOSS developers' relationships with others affect the attraction of new developers. In this research, we look at FLOSS developers' relationships in terms of positive evaluations given by others. Using this perspective, we examine how FLOSS developers' reputation among members within and beyond the project community affects their projects' ability to attract new developers. We draw on Social Resource Theory (SRT) and hypothesize that developers with a high reputation among others enjoy high visibility and credibility, which in turn helps their projects to attract new members. Finally, we propose an evaluation approach for our research model that examines the reputation and project behavior of more than 1,000 FLOSS developers on a longitudinal base.
Keywords: Free Libre Open Source Software, Open Source Software Development, Attraction, Reputation, Social Resource Theory
Release Date: 30. May 2014