Making Your Open Source Project More Accessible To New And First-Time Contributors

Programming is unnecessarily unfriendly to newer programmers.  We can make it better through simple optimizations.  This is the Second of a Series of blog posts where I’ll be exploring that!


One of the most challenging and popular topics amongst newer (and especially self-taught programmers) is contributing to open source.  The scope of making your first open source contribution can be extremely overwhelming – especially when so many open-source projects don’t make any significant efforts to be inclusive of new or first-time contributors.

Here’s a list of light-weight suggestions for your Readme.md and Contributing.md files that will make your open-source project accessible to beginners, and build a stronger community around your project*. Continue reading “Making Your Open Source Project More Accessible To New And First-Time Contributors”

Making Your Open Source Project More Accessible To New And First-Time Contributors