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:
Por que te mereces toda la felicidad del mundo, mi querida colega!
I wanted to say thanks for all of the great energy and motivation that you brought into the open source clubs event this last weekend. Getting to hear more about the things you're doing in Colorado was awesome to hear about, and it seems like you have a great set of projects that could possibly be used by other students building their own communities. I learned a lot from talking with you and I appreciated the technical background and knowledge you shared with others when it was helpful. I always enjoyed working with you, and I hope to see you again soon! Can't wait to see what awesome things you build in your community.