"nowadays I think the trend is so anti-framework, and so pro-modularization, tiny libraries that all do their own thing. We’ve all become effectively framework maintainers. Not to say everyone’s inventing their own, but we’re like curators now of like this manifest of here’s my thirty dependencies, and no one else in the world will have all thirty dependencies at exactly the same versions that you do. Which means that now the onus is on you to make sure that they all work together correctly"
"It’s like I don’t get any distinct joy out of this anymore, I’m mostly just doing work for people for free, and they don’t really appreciate it because they’re used to it now.
So do I continue out some sort of misplace sense of duty, or do I just quit and leave people in a lurch. I think that’s how a lot of open source projects slowly atrophy and die."
"Right, so if I’m a maintainer I acknowledge that now, after writing this talk and thinking about this a lot is like, okay so this project is a hundred stars, like I really shouldn’t be the only owner on this repo or this NPM library, or this ruby gem. Lets pull in a couple other owners because other people are joining and like oh this project is a thousand stars, like lets look at a code of conduct, a governance model, you know some kinda mission statement for what this project’s about, the core tenants."
"That’s what I see on really successful open source teams. Is giving people a reason to fill those roles that isn’t just about money"