Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

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Advice

03 Jun 2014, 8:39 a.m.

Choosing Older Or Younger Open Source Projects To Work On

Larger, older open source projects have more people, more getting-started resources for new contributors, more name recognition, and sometimes more money to spend. (Examples: the Linux kernel, MediaWiki (the software behind Wikipedia, part of Wikimedia), …

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26 Feb 2014, 18:10 p.m.

Some Help for New Open Source People

Wikimedia is participating in this year's Google Summer of Code internships and Outreach Program for Women. This week we are seeing a bunch of new folks try to learn how to navigate the world of …

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12 May 2013, 9:49 a.m.

Tips for New Summer Interns

Three tips to help new Google Summer of Code applicants and interns, some of which all remote workers could stand to remember: Never let yourself get stuck on a technical question or problem for more …

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12 Feb 2012, 18:51 p.m.

What Does A Volunteer Development Coordinator Do?

A giant wall of text follows, giving a snapshot of work I do. I nurture the software community that supports the Wikimedia movement. So here's a big swath of stuff I did between February 1st …

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02 Jan 2012, 12:48 p.m.

Self-Care, Sometimes On A Larger Scale

I think some people I know might find Sam Starbuck's experience useful. He has social anxiety but wanted to leave the house more often, so he developed methods to cause himself to do so.The idea …

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24 Dec 2011, 12:02 p.m.

Discovering An Origin

Yesterday I helped a bit with a Dreamwidth code tour. Every time Dreamwidth deploys a new update to the site, someone writes up explanations of what all the new bits are. Not just a summary …

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29 Nov 2011, 8:39 a.m.

Practices, And Practice

A few months ago, I was talking with one of MediaWiki's summer interns in our IRC chatroom. He confessed that he had procrastinated on the work for his project and was rushing to finish it …

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14 Jul 2009, 10:15 a.m.

Obvious Tech Talk Q&A Prep

A certain species of tech talk goes like: "Here's a product/methodology/tool I hack on, here's what it's good for and how/why you should add it to your toolkit." It's an honorable and useful presentation topic. …

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