What's the worst thing about open source communities?

What’s the worst thing about being an open source community manager?

Actually that question isn’t quite fair.

Opensource.com actually asked a whole group of community people what’s the best thing about being an open source community manager?

A whole list of upbeat answers was given by the community managers for Ubuntu, SourceForge, Joomla, MongoDB, the Open Knowledge Foundation and others — and almost everyone said the same thing:


  • people
  • community
  • spark
  • real user interfacing
  • etc..

You get the idea, it was people, people, people.

But the best answer came from someone who showed a little more realism.

Lydia Pintscher, community manager for KDE stated the following:

“The best and worst thing about being a community manager in volunteer communities is that you can’t force anyone to do anything. You have to win community members for your cause over and over again. It can be really challenging, but when you have people on board you know they’re really there because they want to be there and do what they are doing.”

… and with that negative she scored the most insightful positive of all managers questioned.

What a clever person she is.