Why Contribute to the Open Source Community

Why not? I know, what a cliché response right? The thing is, it really does apply. I’m going to have to make plugins, enhancements, and patches for WordPress for my customers anyway. By releasing these to the community, I can help other developers, companies, users, and even aspiring developers. So I repeat, “Why not?” Why not take the time to raise the quality of life for someone else, when it’s so easy to do. I would say to any developer that uses open source software and does not contribute, “Take stock of what you are doing, and think about the bigger picture, not of software but of humanity.”

How does Open Source raise someone’s quality of life?

It seems like an outrageous claim right? However, you don’t have to completely change someone’s life to raise the quality of it. I’m not claiming that my contributions to open source software are helping someone survive where they otherwise wouldn’t, but I do think that they make a difference.

About Aaron D. Campbell

Owner and lead developer at BlueDog, Aaron has 10+ years of web development experience, it a regular core contributor to the WordPress project, and has released many WordPress plugins.
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