Bug Requests and Pull Reports - an open source story

Powder (a Ruby gem) shot to popularity along with the Rack server Pow. From the start, we really encouraged contributions. A year later more than half the people that forked the project contributed back.

This talk will relate some of the lessons learned managing Powder's development, including:

  • how to handle situations when someone wants to take the project in a different direction,
  • how to turn bug-reporters into pull-requesters,
  • pros and cons of the "no issues, just pull requests" policy.
  • I'm a professional yak-shaver at Mint Digital, but I'm supposed to be a Rails developer. From dotfiles to dev tools, there is nothing that diverts my attention quite like fixing something that wasn't really broken in the fist place.