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Open Source, Open Sauced, Community, Metrics, Contribution, And Pizza - Brian (bdougie) Douglas
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Open Source, Open Sauced, Community, Metrics, Contribution, And Pizza - Brian (bdougie) Douglas

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In this episode of the Mechanical Ink podcast, Schalk Neethling interviews Brian (bdougie) Douglas, the founder of Open Sauced. They delve into the significance of open-source contributions and the impact of tools like Open Sauced in providing comprehensive insights and analytics for open-source projects.

Brian discusses the importance of contributions from senior engineers in the open-source community and how these contributions shape the ecosystem. The conversation highlights Open Sauced’s capabilities in offering detailed insights at both the repository and organizational levels, addressing a common challenge faced by open-source projects.

They explore various metrics crucial for assessing the health and progress of open-source projects, such as PR velocity, which measures the speed at which pull requests are handled, and the engagement of new contributors. Brian emphasizes the need for recognizing valuable contributions and managing the challenges that come with community building, such as dealing with spam and ineffective contributions.

The episode also touches on the broader implications of these contributions for professional growth and the sustainability of the open-source community. Brian shares insights into how Open Sauced aids in building a sustainable community by providing the necessary tools to manage and understand these contributions effectively.


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The Mechanical Ink podcast is a podcast about the open-source ecosystem. We speak to project maintainers, open-source companies, and companies who play a critical role in ensuring a healthy ecosystem. We ask the tough questions but also celebrate the wins and acknowledge open-source software's critical role in the world.