Would you do it again for free?

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Published on November 4, 2008

Author: stormypeters

Source: slideshare.net


Would you do it again for free was about the question: if you take developers that are working on open source software for free and you pay them, if you stop paying them, will they still work on open source software? This was the topic of my keynote at GUADEC, LinuxConf Australia, and SCALE - the talk evolved over time. The transcript or video is necessary to understand it.

Would you do it again for free? Stormy Peters OpenLogic

Playing: Fun or Good?

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NYC Schools

Israeli Daycare Parents

Make them pay

Late Forever

Would you do it again for free?


Dream Jobs

Will they quit?

40% are paid contributors Why Hackers Do What They Do: Understanding Motivation and Effort in Free/Open S

You would, but would they?

Company change project?

What motivates developers?


Extrinsic Photo by zizzybaloobah

TOP motivators are internal Does Pay Motivate Volunteers? Why Hackers Do What They Do Norms, Rewards, and Their Effect on the Motivation of Motivation Crowding Theory

Intrinsic Motivations


Learn = 20% raise

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Do the Right Thing

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Developer Motivations


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Performance or Completeness


In Kind


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Real world?

Have projects failed?

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Where do people go? Photo by B Tal

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Would it really be the same?

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Left brain jobs


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Dream Jobs

Company Methods


create company way create my way



Help corporations do the right thing

Show them

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