What are Open-Source Happiness Packets?
People are generally much more loved than we think we are. But while it's easy for many to complain when they don't like something, 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.
However, 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 and important 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. With this, we're building an archive of open-source happiness that people and communities can use to draw inspiration.
As an example, here are two random messages from our archive:
I'm relatively new to Ansible. I stay away from using other people's roles; Ansible Galaxy tends to have hundreds of roles to do the same thing, of wildly varying quality, and it's hard to find which one I'm supposed to use, so I end up doing things from scratch.
However, today I found your ansible-role-mysql on GitHub and it looks so good that it may fix my reluctance to use third party roles. It's comprehensive, flexible, multi-distro, and you accepted many contributions from other people. There should be more like it. Thanks <3
I've always tried to be positive towards people whose work I admire as a way to give something back to them — usually I just send the authors an email. I do think that we need a cultural change towards expressing your good feelings to other people rather than just criticism and I very much agree with the message of the project although I have no problem contacting random strangers, but I can see that many other people probably would.
So thank you very much for doing this, I hope the happiness packets project will make a lot of people a bit happier in the long run.