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:
Your energy, creativity and patience with Ambassadors and the Mindshare initiative is inspiring. I am excited to work with you in support of these goals knowing that you will lead them well. Thank you for everything you do to make the Fedora project amazing.
I'm so happy that MusicBrainz and all of the other MetaBrainz projects exist. For anyone that has a deep appreciation for music, we know how much music isn't just a passing entertainment, but definitive of culture and humanity. The projects under the MetaBrainz umbrella help try to capture and record this phenomenon of history, humanity, and culture. Thanks to all members of the MetaBrainz for the amazing work you all put into these projects (and all free and open data too!). I'm appreciative of all that the team does. Keep up the amazing work!