What are Open-Source Happiness Packets?
People are generally much more loved than they think they are. Especially when things don't go according to plan, other people almost never think as harshly of you as you might think of yourself. It's easy for us to complain when bad things happen, and yet we're often fairly silent when things are good. Open-source communities are no different, especially when our main communication channels are textual and virtual.
The feeling that you made a difference, that your work matters and has value, and that the people you work with are happy to work with you, is an awesome feeling. With Open-Source Happiness Packets, we're trying to spread that feeling.
How does it work?
Openly expressing appreciation, gratitude, or happiness to other people can be difficult. This is especially true when you don't know them very well. Many of us come from cultures in which people are not open by default about such feelings, and naturally feel uncomfortable or even creepy to share them.
Open-Source Happiness Packets is a very simple platform to anonymously reach out to the people that you appreciate or to whom you are thankful in your open-source community. Your message can be sent anonymously if you feel uncomfortable to share your name with the recipient. Of course, we encourage you to share your name, but it's completely optional!
If both the sender and the recipient agree, we can publish the Happiness Packet on the website. We hope to build an archive of open-source happiness that communities can draw inspiration from.
As an example, here are two random messages from our archive:
you are the best. At your age, I was not even thinking about any of the crazy things you are doing now for Open Source. You are an amazing contributor. A person who is welcoming and respectful to other contributors. Your work in Open Source always keep me motivated and do more. Hope to be always connected with you in the world of Open Source.
From Julita Inca to Nuritzi Sanchez
I have chosen to be involved in the Linux world because I have met people who do extra activities in their life. I was very impressed by the passion and volunteering good will to sharing knowledge to others. You are a great example of what the GNU/Linux philosophy means. Thanks for all your support at any time and circumstance during the last two years, thanks for your kindness and the GNOMe love you spread to the rest of the world! A big hug!