This is something that The Open Source Way has needed for a while, some checklists to follow when seeing where you are in implementing the various principles. Since the principles meld the narrative a bit, there may be a few checklist items in one principle. Also, a short checklist is just plain easier to follow, and useful when it has links back to principles … when someone-of-you-and-I fixes that, too
This first checklist, Organizing a community – checklist, is derived directly from the chapter, How to loosely organize a community. It is focused on the first work that needs to be done to get a community started and ready for sustainability. I’m sure it is incomplete, which is why I’m putting it out there in hopes that those of you-and-I who care will comment here … or on the project mailing list … or even come do some fixes on the page yourself.
- This might be done better somewhere else. If it is freed and opened enough that I can include it, I would like to. At the very least, a link on the references page would be good.
- This checklist is for any type of community interested in emulating the success of free software and following the open source way. As such, it is a generic checklist and does not dive in to specifics that matter to any one domain. Such as software development. So, for example, don’t tell me that I missed the “licensing” section. Not all communities have copyright works to license. What is a general way to handle that question? Let’s put that in the book.