More Common Than You Think: An In-depth Study of Casual Contributors

@article{Pinto2016MoreCT,
  title={More Common Than You Think: An In-depth Study of Casual Contributors},
  author={Gustavo Pinto and Igor Steinmacher and Marco Aur{\'e}lio Gerosa},
  journal={2016 IEEE 23rd International Conference on Software Analysis, Evolution, and Reengineering (SANER)},
  year={2016},
  volume={1},
  pages={112-123}
}
Source code hosting websites (code forges) have recently changed to more social environments, and the contribution process evolved to the so-called pull-based development model. Due to the facilities brought by this evolution, Open Source Software (OSS) projects are now facing a high exposure, leading to an increasing number of contributors. However, not all these contributors want to have a long-term engagement with the project. In fact, popular projects are known to have a restricted set of… CONTINUE READING
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