As the next round of the FOSS Outreach Program for Women (OPW) approaches, my mind turns to mentorship, and lessons learned when dealing with newcomers to open source projects. Many open source contributors have been in the FOSS community for long enough to forget how painful their first experience contributing to a project was. As the coordinator for the Linux kernel OPW internships, I get to help newcomers go through that experience every six months. I’ve learned a lot about how we, as open source reviewers, maintainers, and mentors, can help newcomers during their first contributions, and I’d like to share some of the perspective I’ve gained from OPW.
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