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ICSE 2019
Sat 25 - Fri 31 May 2019 Montreal, QC, Canada
Fri 31 May 2019 15:00 - 15:10 at Centre-Ville - Human Factors Chair(s): Christoph Treude

Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) communities are composed, in part, of volunteers, many of whom contribute infrequently. However, these infrequent volunteers contribute to the sustainability of FLOSS projects, and should ideally be encouraged to continue participating, even if they cannot be persuaded to contribute regularly. Infrequent contributions are part of a trend which has been widely observed in other sectors of volunteering, where it has been termed “episodic volunteering” (EV). Previous FLOSS research has focused on the Onion model, differentiating core and peripheral developers, with the latter considered as a homogeneous group. We argue this is too simplistic, given the size of the periphery group and the myriad of valuable activities they perform beyond coding. Our exploratory qualitative survey of 13 FLOSS communities investigated what episodic volunteering looks like in a FLOSS context. EV is widespread in FLOSS communities, although not specifically managed. We suggest several recommendations for managing EV based on a framework drawn from the volunteering literature. Also, episodic volunteers make a wide range of value-added contributions other than code, and they should neither be expected nor coerced into becoming habitual volunteers.

Fri 31 May
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14:00 - 15:30: Human FactorsPapers / Journal-First Papers / Technical Track at Centre-Ville
Chair(s): Christoph TreudeThe University of Adelaide
14:00 - 14:20
Talk
Technical Track
Xin XiaMonash University, Zhiyuan WanZhejiang University, Pavneet Singh KochharMicrosoft, David LoSingapore Management University
14:20 - 14:40
Talk
Technical Track
Farhana Sarker, Bogdan VasilescuCarnegie Mellon University, Kelly BlincoeUniversity of Auckland, Vladimir FilkovUniversity of California at Davis, USA
Pre-print
14:40 - 15:00
Talk
Technical Track
Ann BarcombFriedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nurnberg and Lero - The Irish Software Research Centre and University of Limerick, Klaas-Jan StolUniversity College Cork and Lero, Ireland, Dirk Riehle, Brian FitzgeraldLero - The Irish Software Research Centre and University of Limerick
Pre-print
15:00 - 15:10
Talk
Journal-First Papers
Ann BarcombFriedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nurnberg and Lero - The Irish Software Research Centre and University of Limerick, Andreas KaufmannFriedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Dirk Riehle, Klaas-Jan StolUniversity College Cork and Lero, Ireland, Brian FitzgeraldLero - The Irish Software Research Centre and University of Limerick
DOI Pre-print
15:10 - 15:20
Talk
Journal-First Papers
Damian Andrew TamburriTU/e, Fabio PalombaUniversity of Zurich, Alexander SerebrenikEindhoven University of Technology, Andy ZaidmanTU Delft
Pre-print
15:20 - 15:30
Talk
Papers