Jul 9, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Nathaniel stumbled into being a maintainer on a big open source project pretty much by accident; he was contributing patches a lot and didn't want to be a nuisance, so he asked for commit privileges. At first he was just expediting his own patches, but then there were all these outstanding issues, and before he knew it he was a top committer on the project.
Being a maintainer is fun, but it can also be annoying and exhausting. Nathaniel will talk about the things that he’s struggled with as a maintainer and the workflow he’s developed over time to keep himself sane. There will be Git tips gleaned from kernel maintainers, ideas on encouraging contributions without feeling the need to accept every patch, straight talk on avoiding burnout, and most importantly Nathaniel will try to get across the joy that comes from being instrumental in moving a useful piece of software forward.
Not an open source maintainer and have no plans to ever be one? You should still come, since everything Nathaniel will talk about will also help you be a better open source contributor as well!
Nathaniel enjoys making things go at Spreedly, tickling his six kids, and taking long walks in the mountains with his wife. He is the original author of Test::Unit and is a current maintainer of Active Merchant. If you want to know more than that, the NSA apparently knows all about him.