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 Deatz to Jeff
Thank you for being a friend,
Travel down the road and back again,
Your heart is true,
You're a pal and a confidant.
And if you threw a party,
Invited everyone you knew,
You would see the biggest gift would be from me,
And the card attached would say "Thank you for being a friend!"
But seriously, thank you for all your mentorship and patience with me as I grew into this organizing role. Thank you for always trying to be an advocate for underrepresented groups in our community. Thank you for being honest and candid. Thank you for supporting me. But also, thank you for being a friend :)
Thank you for your attention to detail, willingness and enthusiasm to contribute and patience to wade through the existing documentation in Cyrus, finding the pain points... and fixing them.
Finding people to contribute code to a project is a lot easier than finding people who will update documentation. Especially to a 24 year old project like Cyrus.
May the weather always be to your liking, may your noodles never splatter across your shirt, may your virtual pen never run out of ink and may your timezone calculations never give you a headache.