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:
From Lacey Williams Henschel to DjangoCon Europe Team
Dear DjangoCon Europe team,
I can't thank you all enough for such a wonderful conference. A non-exhaustive and randomly-ordered list of things I loved:
- The food
- The personal touches like the logo and the handwriting on the signs
- Bartek back as photographer!
- The amazing way you included the Australia and US DjangoCons and let us promote our CFPs relentlessly
- The German phrases in the conference guide
- The speaker's dinner. I sat with mostly people I didn't know, as well as Sasha, and had an amazing time
- The awesome audio/visual guy. Setting up my laptop is always oddly stressful and he was so prepared.
- Live captioning is especially helpful when I'm tired or having trouble understanding someone due to an accent that I'm not familiar with. I really hope we can bring that to DjangoCon US soon!
- The thoughtful speaker's gift. I actually used my charger in the bar this evening!
- The amazing, thoughtful, friendly, welcoming people you all are, and the fact that that means you attract a wonderful, kind, supportive audience, both of which make a speaker's life much better.
Thank you all so much. I hope at the end of this weekend you get to take a well-deserved holiday!
Thank you so much, Tony, for all your support and especially for mentoring me for everything. I could not be more thankful to anyone but you. Thank you for introducing me to such an awesome Open Source world.
I love your energy and enthusiasm, and I've found our fortnightly meetings so helpful in keeping me motivated and on track.
I really really appreciate all the effort you put into helping so many people in open source reach their best potential.