Why Do Episodic Volunteers Stay in FLOSS Communities?
Successful Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) projects incorporate both habitual and infrequent, or episodic, contributors. Using the concept of episodic volunteering (EV) from the general volunteering literature, we derive a model consisting of five key constructs that we hypothesize affect episodic volunteers’ retention in FLOSS communities. To evaluate the model we conducted a survey and received responses from over 100 FLOSS episodic volunteers. We observe that three of the constructs (social norms, satisfaction and community commitment) are all positively associated with volunteers’ intention to remain, while the two other constructs (psychological sense of community and contributor benefit motivations) are not. Furthermore, exploratory clustering on unobserved heterogeneity suggests that there are four distinct categories of volunteers: satisfied, classic, social and obligated. Based on our findings, we offer suggestions for projects to incorporate and manage episodic volunteers, so as to better leverage this type of contributors and potentially improve projects’ sustainability.
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Farhana Sarker, Bogdan VasilescuCarnegie Mellon University, Kelly BlincoeUniversity of Auckland, Vladimir FilkovUniversity of California at Davis, USAPre-print
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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 LimerickPre-print
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Uncovering the Periphery: A Qualitative Survey of Episodic Volunteering in Free/Libre and Open Source Software CommunitiesJournal-First
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 LimerickDOI Pre-print
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Discovering Community Patterns in Open-Source: A Systematic Approach and Its EvaluationJournal-First
Damian Andrew TamburriTU/e, Fabio Palomba University of Zurich, Alexander SerebrenikEindhoven University of Technology, Andy ZaidmanTU DelftPre-print
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