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:
From Alessio Ciregia to Eduard Lucena
You are one of the first persons I get in touch in the Fedora community. Thanks for showing me how a community could be sometimes friendly.
After hearing about everything you're trying to at Brown University, it was fantastic to have a chance to meet you in person and hear more about your story. You had a lot of unique insight and thoughts that you brought to the table, and I really appreciate your energy and participation in everything that happened this weekend. Furthermore, it's really amazing that we have people like you involved in this program. It's really inspiring to get to work with people like you, and I'm happy that I had the chance to get to know you in person. We're really lucky to have people like you in open source. I hope I'm lucky enough to see you again soon and hear about the awesome community you are building!