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:
Over the summer, I was following your progress on RGSoC with Nextcloud. It was exciting and motivational to see you get started in the community and start contributing so fast. You help lead the way for others girl and women to get involve with tech and open source communities. Thanks for everything you have done so far for the open source world, and keep on doing amazing things! We're lucky to have people like you in our communities.
From Yulytas to Neville
You are definitely in my top seven favorite people in the Linux world.
I admire you as a person, professional and as a community manager.
Thanks one more time, for all your support and kindness, you are a gentlemen and responsible. Since 2013 that I know you, I think that I can trust in yourself!
When I needed you to reach newcomers you were there in time and with good mood! Fedora LATAM is great because people like you, make it an awesome group!
A big hug from Peru and I hope you can visit us again to share all your knowledge,