For the past few weeks I’ve been reviewing my participation in open source projects (which goes back to 1999). The bulk of my work has been on mailing lists helping people solve their problems, documentation, testing, etc. Sadly, I recall getting involved in heated discussions about project organization, licensing, rules, etc. This has created a enormous amount of stress for me and is the reason I often burn out quickly. I’m really tired of all the drama.
So from now on I’ve decided that I’ll try my best to stay away from these discussions (which I’ve already been doing mostly) and focus on coding and quietly contributing to improve the technical side of things and making people’s lives easier through that. Although I think my ideas about project organization are good (my mom certainly agrees), it’s just too stressful. There is too much people wrong on the Internet, right? Perhaps when I’m older, with hundreds of thousands of excellent contributed code in my GitHub account, I’ll few I’m entitled to contribute more with the soft aspects of collective projects.
So that’s my 2015 New year’s resolution: more code, less drama.
Hopefully it improve my sleep too.