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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!
I read your story on Code like a Girl about your experience working with Sugar Labs for Google Code-In. I was so surprised and amazed to see you are a high school student and everything you have already done! Although, maybe I should stop being surprised by things like this nowadays too.
Thanks for sharing your story and I'm glad your experience in open source has been a good one. We need more awesome women like you in open source. Keep leading the way by working on your passions, sharing your journey with the world, and never letting anyone deter you from what you love.
Keep rocking it, girl!
From Karo Ladino to Andres Root
I found this packets and as always I've been thinking of you so here is it:
You're my partner in all of my crazy projects and ideas. I felt in love with you because you're particulary brilliant. And I thanks to you I noticed the way I wanted to share and build my things. You show me how powerful can be the Open-source Communities and how could we be part and now we are a part of that. <3. Now we live together and each day I love you more and my projects starting to be true just because of you. Thanks to be there always for me ... You are a big ingredient of my happiness. I want to go really far with you. To make you shine as you shine for me all the days that we are together.
I saw a few project logos arranged together the other day and realized how much of the open source design world you have impacted. Your handiwork is spread wide and far across so many projects and communities to help incorporate good design into their projects. You impacted the free software movement with your work and contributions… seriously!
Thanks for everything you have done and continue to do. I see your work every day and I'm happy we have people like you in open source.
You might never know how much I treasure having merely bumped into you by pure luck and afterward getting to know you a bit. You've done an amazing amount for me. You have been a teacher, a mentor, a role model, just a genuinely good guy (which is far rarer than one would hope), and a match-maker (inadvertently). I learned Python from you, but it is not the greatest thing I learned from you.
The greatest thing I learned from you: belief is contagious. I can sometimes manage to believe in myself because you believed in me.
Some people sign their letters "All the best". I do not wish for you "all the best". Having all the best of everything would mean that you give up the desire to hunt for the next amazing thing and the curiosity to wonder what that thing might be. Rather, I hope that everything you find in this life is an upgrade to what you had before. May you always be content, but never truly satisfied.
From Kenneth Love to PyCascades team
I just wanted to say that you all produced an amazing conference. Thank you so much for all the work you did to make it friendly, open, welcoming, and inclusive. It was great seeing a brand new Python conference have such a wide range of talks on everything from type hints to Unicode to diversity awareness to Rust.
This was, honestly, one of the nicest and best run conferences I've been to in a long time. You all deserve way more praise and accolades than I can possibly give. The entire Python and conference communities are better off for having all of you in them.
From Cheryl Sabella to Mariatta
I've been wanting to send you a note to thank you for a long time. CPython was the first open source project I ever contributed to and your warm welcome on my first commit (and other commits) was a huge boost of encouragement. I'm certain that I wouldn't have been so enthusiatic about continuing to work on projects if yours hadn't been the first voice I heard. So, thank you for that.
Also, I had watched your Pycon talk online last year and wanted to let you know how inspirational you are to me. You open up about your own self-doubt and vulnerability which is exactly how I've felt working on this project. It's quite overwhelming. But knowing that you have those same demons really helps me feel like I can get through it. I'm sure others have told you this already, but thank you for talking about those things.
I don't want you to feel any pressure because I've written this. I'm not expecting anything from you, but just wanted you to know that you've been important to me and I really appreciate it. :-)
I recently saw about the work you are doing with LGBTQ content to translate and make it more accessible for Albanians. This work is so important and I wanted to thank you for helping others find their own words, in their own language, to identify as. It's so powerful, when you finally feel like you've found the words to describe what has always been inside. Your work is inspiring, not just in Wikipedia, but also with your journalism. Thanks for all that you do to help others!
Every year for DevConf, I always see your name, usually months before the conference is even here. It's clear how much effort, planning, and time you put into organizing DevConf with the rest of your team. To me, I love DevConf because it isn't only a place to share ideas and build better software together, but it's a way to get to know members of our own and other communities in a better way. We spend so much time online, working so long together, and DevConf is one of these rare opportunities where the collaboration isn't spread across by hundreds or thousands of kilometers.
Thank you for all you put into DevConf. It always shows. I'm looking forward to this year's event.
From Ann Wallace to Thomas Lockney
Thanks for every thing you’ve done and are doing for NikeOSS & the nike tech talks.
Thank you for all you do with .NET on Linux. From your talk, I can tell you're doing a lot of super work at helping .NET get into the open source world. I can't wait for the day when C# is common to develop with Linux!
Thank you for your time and effort in helping get the Fedora 27 release notes packaged! We appreciate the extra help you gave us.
After seeing you in IRC for so long, it was great to put a nick to a face at All Things Open. I enjoyed all of our conversations and I learned a lot from you. I hope to take some of the learned wisdom and apply it to other open source communities I'm involved in. In addition to all I learned, I also got to know you better and see your passions in open source. Seeing your ideas and what you bring makes me happy to be a part of the Opensource.com community. Thanks for all that you do for the open source world – we're really lucky to have people like you!
Open source conferences and events always surprise me because I usually end up having a conversation with someone about something *totally* random, but is so enjoyable. I appreciate all of the wisdom, personal experience, and helpful pointers you willingly and gladly shared with me. When you're doing things on your own for fun, it's easy to get stuck somewhere and spin wheels for a while. Your feedback and our conversation helped motivate me to keep the course and continue to learn and experiment.
I appreciated the opportunity to get a better idea of the person whose name appears in my inbox every day, other than the exciting numbers you share. People like you make me happy to be involved in open source. Thank you.
One of the amazing parts of open source communities are the stories everyone brings. Today, I had an opportunity to learn more about your story and hear about what brought you into Opensource.com.
You're an inspiring person and an incredible role model. I wish others could learn from your patience, wisdom, and love that you willingly share with so many. Your positivity is viral and like someone else said, it's hard to imagine OSDC without your energy and enthusiasm. Even when we tease you about your enthusiasm or your so-called "laziness", I personally believe it's because you help create the image of the OSDC community that many of us know it for… we appreciate everything you bring to the community.
Thanks for everything you do, not just for Opensource.com itself but the people behind it too. It's people like you that make me truly happy to be involved with open source.
Some time ago, I shared a very personal story with the world and you shared some personal words of encouragement to me. Sometimes, when I most need it, I think of what you told me and I think of your story. It inspires me and fills me up. I don't know if you remember your words, but I remember them, and they mean so much to me, even now. Maybe my favorite part of working with you is your heart, both what you put into what you're passionate about and what you put into the people who work with you on those same passions.
See you soon. Thanks Rikki.
Over the summer, I was following your progress on RGSoC with Nextcloud. It was exciting and motivational to see you get started in the community and start contributing so fast. You help lead the way for others girl and women to get involve with tech and open source communities. Thanks for everything you have done so far for the open source world, and keep on doing amazing things! We're lucky to have people like you in our communities.
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!
It is surprising how you still maintain Fuzion. I want to thank you. Thank you for everything you did to this community. Fuzion saved many people before and mostly after the original AimTux devs left.
Your contribution to the community as being the lead-dev of Fuzion, being a generally friendly guy and being helpful, also your tries to keep Fuzion VAC-undetected (Preload, XorString) are what makes this small Linux cheating community what it is, even thought it gets more dead every day.
I also want to thank you for teaching especially me many things I didn't know in before. You are a very good teacher.
Thanks for making Fuzion and keeping it alive.
Thanks for helping the community.
Thanks for your tries to keep Fuzion secure.
Thanks for keeping it updated with the newest Sigs and thanks for being a friendly human being.
I'm glad you are a part of this community.
You put in a lot of awesome work to Minikube and help make it a great project for starting people in Kubernetes. While Minikube may not be the most glorious of all the Kubernetes projects, your time and effort is extended thousand-fold to all of the people who use it as a tool to get started with learning k8s or to test their own local changes. Thanks for all of development effort you put into Minikube and keep up the great work that you and the team are doing.
Even when I never asked for it, you were always a great mentor for me and always not only tried to help me with a problem, but how to solve a problem. Your guidance and encouragement have always been really valuable. I'm happy and glad that we have people like you in tech / open source. Keep doing the great things you're doing.
I'm so glad I got to meet you at DjangoCon this year. You are so warm and funny, and my life is better for having you in it! Thank you for being so supportive of me, so welcoming, and so effortlessly friendly. You made me feel comfortable asking questions, and gave me the confidence to ask more. I am truly going to miss you and hope our paths cross again soon! Thank you for being a brave advocate for this community, sharing your self and your story as both a speaker and a friend, and for trying to help this community be better. I am in awe of you :)
I don't even know where to begin. Because of your leadership and support, I was able to be a part of something that has changed my life. Helping organize DjangCon US 2017 is the thing I'm most proud of in my life so far. Following your example and being inspired by your fearlessness and confidence allowed me to participate in the most amazing experience. You gave me the confidence to take leadership on the program team although I had no experience, as well as to submit and give a talk! I'm so honored to be your friend and colleague. You did an amazing job chairing this conference, especially given all of your various other responsibilities. You are smart and decisive, technically gifted, an excellent teacher and mentor, an asset to every project you work on, and an inspiration to everyone you meet. You are an amazing person, and I'm glad you're my friend :)
You are so amazing. Thank you so much for your support while I tried my hand at being an organizer. You were always available to help me edit and come up with wording, answer questions, and give me confidence. Thanks for being my friend and colleague, as well as an inspiration both technically and professionally.
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 :)
I wanted to say thanks for your wisdom, unique insights, and mentorship that you brought into the open source clubs event this past weekend. I always appreciated when you would add a point that some of us might not have thought of or when you would craftily and strategically change the course of a discussion to think about the big picture and how to accomplish our goals. I felt you were a unifying force and energy over the whole weekend, and I definitely feel like we benefited from having you at the event with us. I wanted to share my appreciation with you for all of the behind-the-scenes work that you did and how valuable I felt like it was to have your presence in Philadelphia. I'm sincerely looking forward to the next opportunity to see you soon, and definitely looking forward to having your feedback on how we grow our own communities forward and outward. We're lucky to have people like you in open source.
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.
I just wanted to say thanks for everything you contributed at the open source clubs event this past weekend. It was amazing to hear about your story of how you're trying to build the open source community at Drexel. I really appreciated the constructive way you helped grow the discussions and brainstorming we were doing. You also were a great listener too, and I noticed how you seemed to always try to make sure everyone was having a chance to put in their feedback while keeping things focused too. Thanks for all of the excitement, participation, and energy you brought into this. I'm happy I got to visit your campus and get to know you better in person, and I hope I get to see you again soon! We're lucky to have people like you in open source.
It was a fantastic opportunity to visit your campus and get to know you and the community you're trying to build at Drexel. I always appreciated you added constructive feedback to the group discussions and brought up some interesting ideas and suggestions. Your energy helped set a tone in the beginning, and I think it helped make it easier for some other people to get involved too, because you didn't just talk, but you listened too. Thanks for everything you brought into this weekend and for being excellent hosts. We're lucky to have people like you in open source, and I hope I get to see you again soon!
What an amazing story you brought to the open source clubs event this weekend. I had some really insightful conversations with you and I thought you always brought up really great ideas and points. It was helpful to know the things that you already have done or are trying to do with your community, and I thought I really learned a lot from everything you had to share. Thanks for being a part of this event and for bringing all of your energy into this. We're lucky to have people like you in open source.
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!
I appreciate your time, energy, and unique insights you brought into the campus clubs event this past weekend. From your presentation title, I thought it would be a repeat of things that I already knew, but I ended up learning more from you, your topic, and your insights than I had imagined. You creatively combined so many different parts of open source in a way that I hadn't thought of before, and your presence had an impact on me this weekend. One thing in particular you said that I remember was about diversity and how it costs you less to speak up for things than it might for someone else. That really resonated with me and it's something I will remember (and already am). Thank you for everything you contributed into this weekend. We are truly lucky to have people like you involve with open source. I love all of the projects that you are helping grow in the Firefox extensions community.
From pingou to Sitaram Chamarty
I would like to thank you for your effort on developing and maintaining gitolite as well as providing support for it, including for the Fedora project which has a very particular setup.
You've been involved with Fedora for a while now, and ever since you became involved, you've made your own impact inside of the community. Thanks to you, we're better able to understand the Fedora community from data and metrics, and now you're getting to mentor someone else in the same way that someone mentored you. I'm happy that we have people like you in the Fedora and open source communities. Thanks for all you do… we're lucky to have people like you!
díky za tvou energii a podporu včera na DjangoGirls! Doufám, že jsem nebyla příliš grumpy a chtěla jsem říct, že jsem fakt spokojená, že jsem se s tvou pomocí dopracovala až ke konci. <3 ... Tedy né ke konci, zdaleka to nekončí, ale ke konci základů! Těším se na další progress. :)
Zdravím z CZ.NICu!
Congratulations on your acceptance to State of the Map 2017 in Japan! It's exciting to keep up with all of the great things you're doing in open source and OpenStreetMap. You really deserved this opportunity and I'm happy that you are getting to travel and meet other open source contributors from around the world. It's inspiring to hear about your achievements and I know that there is only more to come for you in the future. Your contributions are important and have a big impact – keep up the amazing work that you are doing!
I wanted to say that I enjoyed your workshop on OpenStreetMaps at OSCAL 2017! You did a great job with it and it's exciting to know about the great things happening with OSM in Albania. Keep up the great work!
From Janet Swisher to Mara
Thanks for editing a bunch of CSS reference pages on MDN during Write the Docs 2017 Writing Day! And also for being fun to talk to :-)
From Janet Swisher to Cynthia Ng
Thanks for editing a bunch of CSS reference pages on MDN during Write the Docs 2017 Writing Day! And also for fun conversation in the process :-)
From Janet Swisher to Schola Choi
Thanks for editing a bunch of CSS reference pages on MDN during Write The Docs 2017 Writing Day!
From Janet Swisher to llkk
Thanks for editing a bunch of CSS reference pages on MDN during Write the Docs 2017 Writing Day.
Before I joined the OSDC team, I always respected your work and the amount of time and dedication you've helped put into Opensource.com. It's truly become an amazing community hub for a broader open source community. This stands out especially when you see all the different places the authors come from! Once I got involved, it became especially clear how hard-working and committed all of you are to OSDC. There's a positive energy from that and it easily spreads.
I wanted to personally thank you for everything that you do for Opensource.com and also the wider open source community. You're a powerful, open, and motivating leader, and you easily become a positive role model. It makes me happy about how lucky we are to have people like you in the open source community. Thank you!!
When I was first getting involved with open source and Fedora, from very early on, I always remember you being someone I saw frequently. In many ways you were a mentor for me and were always helpful: no such thing as too silly of a question or a one-line, short reply. Your feedback is always constructive and always leaves me with a clear vision of what the next steps are. Your advice helps me think forward: I might know where I want to go, but you help me figure out how to get there.
I'm happy that I had a chance to get started in the Fedora community with some of your guidance and that we still work together in a few places now! We're really lucky to have leaders like you in the our community, helping set a positive but still ambitious tone. Thanks for all you do!
I'm relatively new to Ansible. I stay away from using other people's roles; Ansible Galaxy tends to have hundreds of roles to do the same thing, of wildly varying quality, and it's hard to find which one I'm supposed to use, so I end up doing things from scratch.
However, today I found your ansible-role-mysql on GitHub and it looks so good that it may fix my reluctance to use third party roles. It's comprehensive, flexible, multi-distro, and you accepted many contributions from other people. There should be more like it. Thanks <3
From Jeff Triplett to Rebecca Conley
Thank you for everything that you have done for the Django community. Between doing the boring legwork of keying in all of our talks into Guidebook for DjangoCon US 2016 to helping me get the Django CoC Committee back on track to helping the DSF by volunteering to be the Secretary to a year later running for the board to be our Treasurer to helping with DjangoCon US 2017 with all the random things. Thank you for the many conversations that we have had about inclusivity and diversity. Quite frankly thank you for giving a damn, rolling your sleeves up, and putting in the time to make the community a better place for everyone.
From Alessio Ciregia to Justin W. Flory
Thank you for your enthusiasm!
Thank you for guiding me in understanding the various parts of Fedora infra and explaining stuff in detail. Thank you for being an active member of the Fedora Community and making it a happier place for contributors.
Looking forward to meeting you someday :)
Thank you for guiding me and helping me getting started with CommOps. I'm really happy I met you and had the opportunity to work with you in tackling challenges.
Keep doing the amazing work you're already doing and of course, keep inspiring newcomers :) jwf++
From Yulytas to Neville
You are definitely in my top seven favorite people in the Linux world.
I admire you as a person, professional and as a community manager.
Thanks one more time, for all your support and kindness, you are a gentlemen and responsible. Since 2013 that I know you, I think that I can trust in yourself!
When I needed you to reach newcomers you were there in time and with good mood! Fedora LATAM is great because people like you, make it an awesome group!
A big hug from Peru and I hope you can visit us again to share all your knowledge,
From Lilly to Katie
Thanks so much for mentoring me through my start in the open source community. If I've ever needed a voice to tell me to stop second-guessing myself, an eye to read over a blog post or a proposal, or an introduction at a conference, you've been there.
It's beyond valuable to have someone like you around. You're also great company over a post-conference brunch or a trip to a museum, which is a wonderful thing when conference travel can find attendees in cities where they don't know anyone.
I really respect all the work that you do for others in the community, and hope to pay it both back and forward myself, after your example.
From Julita Inca to Nuritzi Sanchez
I have chosen to be involved in the Linux world because I have met people who do extra activities in their life. I was very impressed by the passion and volunteering good will to sharing knowledge to others. You are a great example of what the GNU/Linux philosophy means. Thanks for all your support at any time and circumstance during the last two years, thanks for your kindness and the GNOMe love you spread to the rest of the world! A big hug!
It's hard for me to pin when I first saw you pop up, start saying hello, and bringing with you the reign of bunnehs and cookie noms, but whenever it happened, I'm glad that it did. In a short time, you've made no short work of mobilizing a new, critical area of development with .NET in Fedora. It's so exciting to hear that this is happening and to see the active community that so easily formed around it. And hardly months after you started, you already have some Google Summer of Code slots you're putting out to help students get involved, learn about open source for the first time, and have an impact on something so huge in the open source community. I do know it has been a team effort, but this is in part to your tact and skill as a community leader and how you help motivate others to want to contribute.
Thanks for all of the work you do in Fedora and beyond, and to help make a strong, powerful impression of women in open source and what we are capable of. :) It's exciting for me to see people like you helping lead the way, in one way or another! We're lucky to have people like you in the open source community.
Hi! Sending this as part of the Happiness Packet Challenge if you didn't hear of it, hope you will consider participating too. https://twitter.com/fedora/status/850966509115498496
I wanted to say that I'm happy we have people like you in the Fedora community. You've been around for a long time and bring wisdom and perspective with that. You're never afraid to be straightforward and direct, yet you still understand that there are people behind the screen and you are considerate with your words too. You have done and continue to do a lot in Fedora, and sometimes I am surprised to find you involved in one area of the project or another (or maybe I shouldn't be so surprised anymore)…
Thanks again for all of the time and energy you devote to Fedora. It definitely does not go unnoticed!
A long time ago, I met this guy who really liked Linux and open source stuff. Then I got to know him and I found out that he was also a cool guy with a really big heart. I'm really glad that I got to know you and I'm excited by all of the things you do in the open source community, both in RIT and outside of it. I have a strong appreciation for what you bring to the table and for helping build inclusive communities for others to have a part in something and contribute. Thanks for all of the awesome work that you do!
From Brian Exelbierd to Martin Quinson
Thank you for both keeping po4a running for all these years and making contributions to it easier by supporting both Alioth and GitHub. This code is a cornerstone of new ideas and continues to be relevant.
From Kevin Fenzi to Justin Flory
Thanks for all you do for fedora!
Your enthusiasm is awesome to see and rubs off on many others.
From Julita Inca to Phil Bull
Dear Phil, you were an example of selflessness and how to serve others by studying and teaching Linux. You has taught me the importance of it and your lesson changed a little bit my whole life! I’m so grateful for your help and support you gave me at any time. This week I took the challenge to say thanks to my Linux mentors, and this is a great opportunity to say that You are the greatest mentor I have ever had! :D <3
From Kiara Navarro to Jared Smith
Jared Smith was the first person that I meet in the Fedora Project. I had the chance to talk with him while I was just arriving at FUDCon 2010. Over that time I was studying electronics and he told me that he studied electronics as well, it was great. Today I want to thank to you Jared, because you have been an inspiration for most of us in the Fedora Community. Thanks for always taking care of the nitty-gritty details when you attend in some event of the community, that's really neat. I always see your responses on the developer mailing list when someone comes to ask about Asterisk and topics related and I feel happy to have the privilege to meet such a clever, friendly and humble contributor. Keep going with the spark that contagious others.
From Joe to Paul
Thanks for you years-long commitment to hosting and maintaining the mailing list manager for the LUGOR mailing lists and all that goes with it.
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.
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.
you are the best. At your age, I was not even thinking about any of the crazy things you are doing now for Open Source. You are an amazing contributor. A person who is welcoming and respectful to other contributors. Your work in Open Source always keep me motivated and do more. Hope to be always connected with you in the world of Open Source.
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.
From Philippe O. Wagner to Daniel Quinn
Thank you Daniel for creating and maintaining Paperless. This service is just awesome and was the missing piece to go paperless with the whole family.
From Zach Brown to Justin Flory
It seems too often that I watch communities that celebrate and surround FOSS descend into tribalism and antagonism.
Unfortunately, many of these communities are those I find myself involved in on a day-to-day basis. They are often the same communities that have the opposite, most positive sides as well.
It's easy to look at that which surrounds you and be affected by it. More recently, I've found much of these attitudes that seemingly surround starting to manifest themselves in myself and others I work with. Just the thought makes me disinterested and withdrawn.
Then as I'm casually scrolling through social media feeds I see a tweet you've retweeted or a community you're involved with. The content is almost always overwhelmingly positive. Reminding myself, and others, of what FOSS is supposed to be about. Just those occasional gleams of positive interaction remind me why I got so involved in FOSS communities from the start.
And for your positive demeanor, your intent on spreading the true core principles of FOSS, and the way in which you do it, I thank you.
I hope this can serve to you as the same type of positivity and enthusiasm that you so commonly impart on others.
From Kiara Navarro to Alejandro Perez
Everything started when I attended the FUDCon Panama 2011, almost six years now. How fast the time goes. I just have heard the idea about operating systems that you can use with a different paradigm called free software and open source. Alejandro Perez was the second person that I meet from the Open Source and Free Software Community. Electronic engineer and programmer with a full passion for Fedora. Today I want to say thank you to Alejandro because I have learned a lot from him. It was a key piece of the puzzle to know what I know now about Fedora system and electronics as well. Thanks to this amazing panamanian, that I am completely sure that most of the LATAM community agree with me, he is a great contributor to the Fedora Project, and it always be.
From Luca Ciavatta to Justin W. Flory
Thank you for the effort and passion that you put in hand of the OpenSource world. And even in Fedora.
Keeping the FOSS flag high.
This is such a simple idea but something that's truly magical and special. For me, Happiness Packets is the secret to happiness. Some days are great, some days are not so great. Some days, we're a little sad and we don't know why. Whenever I feel that way, I come to Happiness Packets to think of nice things to say to people who help me happy. I send a few of them and every time, I'm always wearing a smile by the time I'm done.
Thank you for your time and energy to create such an amazing service. I hope Happiness Packets inspires other people to build tools or services that inspire people to always be excellent to each other and to spend time focusing on the positive things to say instead of the negative.
Hey, even though it's a week late, congratulations on Bodhi 2.5.0! I keep seeing and hearing about all of the work you do in the Fedora community and open source in general. Whether you know it or not, you are a role model for so many others from all of the different "hats" you wear. You're like a superwoman of open source and it's awesome that you share what you know in your blog posts and by speaking at conferences too. We're really lucky to have people like you in open source! Thanks for all that you do, and keep up the amazing work.
I read your story on the Fedora Magazine about Linux Weekend 2017! It's so amazing that you're so new into open source and Linux, but you're already sharing what you know with others who are completely new. What you're doing is so awesome and I can't wait to hear about other things you continue to do! We're lucky to have people like you in open source, keep up the awesome work!
From Katie to Lucie
Thank you for everything you've done to inspire thousands of girls and women throughout your time as Django Girls Awesomeness Ambassador. You're amazing ✨
From Baptiste Mispelon to Katie ✨🐨✨
Thanks for all the work you do, and in particular for helping me spread the special love of emoji in all its wonder and weirdness.
I've had an idea for an emoji talk float in my head for a while but I could never manage to turn it into something concrete.
The one you made and presented all over the world exceeded anything I could ever come up with.
Thanks for putting it out into the world!
The world of OSS can be lonely and sometimes even 💩, but it's people like you who make it 💯.
May your life be full of 🥄 and your internet pipes full of ✨.
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.
I appreciate all your work in creating this service.
I haven't seen you around for too long in open source, but I know when I first saw you begin contributing, you became easy to spot. I have a lot of respect for you and your motivation to contribute to open source. You are a wonderful, positive role model for many people in the open source community, especially for women and students.
Your dedication and motivation to bring more students and women into open source through your talks and FOSS Wave activities is powerful and motivating. It helps to have someone similar to ourselves to look to for a role model. We are lucky to have someone like you in the open source community, and you have done and continue to do amazing things. Keep up the amazing work – you have many fans!
You have worn many hats in open source over the years, not just as a contributor, but also as a mentor. I put a lot of high value into your thought-out opinions and insights. You have a unique and open-minded way of thinking about things, in open source and personal things alike. I'm thankful that we have people like you in open source communities to build better software and also to build better communities. We're lucky to have someone like you around. Thanks for all you have done and keep on doing amazing things.
I have so much love and appreciation for the SpigotMC project and all of the contributors that help make it happen. For four years, you all have run this project out of your own free time to help maintain the Minecraft multiplayer community as we know it. It's hard to imagine a world where Spigot didn't decide to keep on keeping on after the mess in 2014. But here we are now!
Thanks to all of you for the hard work you all put in (probably often thanklessly) every day for the project. Your efforts and commitment to the project and community do not go unnoticed. I have a lot of respect for the decision-making that comes out of the project leadership. As a long-time user and community member, thanks for all that you do and keep up the awesome work.
From Ernest Micklei to Jack Christensen
Thank you for creating the pgx package.
We at bol.com have been using it in production since December 2015 for our message queueing system called BoQS. Currently, it transports about 25 million messages a day and we expect to see it grow at least 10x.
If you want to know more then just ask.
I remember when I first found out about you in the community and I was so interested to see the things you were helping organize and drive forward. After learning more, I discovered all of the dedication you put forth into your own local community. It's hard not to be inspired! Especially seeing you travel to conferences and give talks about how to bring more women into FOSS and why diversity is important. You are truly remarkable and accomplished – I'm happy that I found out about you and the Albanian community!
Beyond that, I never imagined I would get a chance to meet you in person. I'm happy that I did, and I have many good memories to thank you for. Without a doubt, you're one of the people who have impacted my own experience in open source considerably, and I'm glad to call you my friend. I look forward to whenever the next chance we will get to meet once more!
There's so much I have to thank you for over the years and seldom do I have a chance to say it to you in person. You've always inspired me in my journey into open source, and your knowledge, compassion, and wisdom is yet unmatched. Without you, I can definitely say that I don't think I would have started any of this crazy adventure in the first place.
Rock the polls, win big, and keep repping all of us at the federal level with open source. I know this position is the dream gig for you and I couldn't be happier for you. Keep doing the awesome things you have always done over the years – your actions have a ripple effect. From one person you impact, they will go on and impact one or two more. I can only imagine how many ripples you have caused in this big FOSS pond.
Looking forward to bumping into you again soon, whenever that may be.
Thank you for being this amazing hubby I met 8 years ago. You are such a kind guy, always supporting me and pushing me out of my comfort zone so I can learn and enjoy much more.
Also thank you for having us moved to this lovely shiny city.
I love you from the deepest of my heart
From Sebastian Zartner to Florian Scholz
I'm happy that you're always reachable, responsive and friendly everytime I come to you with an annoying question. :-)
From Natasha to Matias
I wanted to thank you (although that doesn't seem nearly enough) for your help volunteering at try! Swift NYC two weeks ago. I was honestly blown away by how you took charge, made decisions, and went above and beyond what was asked of you to help make the conference a massive success.
Thank you ❤️,
From Beatrix Bodó to Lasse Schuirmann
In these two weeks while you were in Brno I learned new things and I felt inspired to better myself. It was mostly because of you and coala. Thank you for introducing me to open source, making coala, cooking for us, and overall being such a lovely person!
From Laurence to Mike Croucher
Mike thank you for your fellowship expertise.
I really appreciate it
From Chris to Natasha
You're talk was very inspiring. Teaching developers about writing apps to teach others various languages, in various languages. Wow. Thanks!
From Chris Mann to Natasha
Thank you for putting together try! Swift. It's been a great few days in NYC and I've thoroughly enjoyed meeting developers from around the world. Also, your blog rocks!
From Paul Hildebrandt to Trey Hunner
Hey Trey, I wanted to make sure you knew I really appreciated the chat we had at PyCon. I was trying to solve a business problem with a technical solution. You were there with common sense and pointed me to a business solution instead. Sometimes being an engineer can cloud my thinking and your wisdom was very welcome.
From Kirsten Hunter to Katie McLaughlin
Thank you so much for all your help with my code and an awesome talk on being nice :-)
From Lacey Williams Henschel to Adrienne Lowe
A few months ago, I was presented with an ethical dilemma and I wasn't sure what to do (as is the nature of ethical dilemmas). I literally thought, "What would Adrienne do in this situation?" and suddenly, what *I* should do became very clear.
Your instincts are so solid, and you care so deeply for other people and for ensuring that spaces are safe and encouraging for new people. I've learned a lot from you about how to bring those qualities into my own work. Thanks for shining your light on me, so I can learn how to better shine my own light. 🕯
From Burhan Khalid to Tim Graham
I just wanted to say thank you for helping me out with my first PR on django. Thanks to your comments I realized what areas to check into for my next commit; and I appreciate the patience it must have taken to hand-hold me through it all.
From Lacey Williams Henschel to Kenneth Love
Thanks for always teaching me things! I'm never afraid to ask you a silly question, and I really appreciate that about you.
Thank you for being with me and always push me to my best, thanks for all smiles and hugs you gave me, thanks for being the best soul mate and wife ever.
From Lorena Mesa to Jim McGowan
How do I begin to emphasize how profound the work is that you do? You're leading the way for non-profits to learn the value of OSS particularly for volunteer engagement. Thank you for all you do and I can't wait to see what you do next!
From Lorena Mesa to Rachel Ober
Rachel you have been rocking it with W/S/C as a conference chair and being the glue that holds us all together!! Thank you for being so kind and patient with me as a beginner organizer and giving me the opportunity to do the thing I love most -- help others! You're breaking down barriers to OSS daily with your actions. Keep on fighting the good fight!!!!
From Lacey to Katie
Thanks for hanging out with me at DjangoCon and mentoring me through my first commit to PyBee! I had such a great time getting to know you, and I'm looking forward to many more conference bonding experiences. **hugs**
From Erik Romijn to Daniele Procida
I just wanted to say that I enjoyed your lightning talks. Not only was it entertaining, but the work you're doing for PyCon Namibia is incredibly important. Such things require careful balancing to not both support the local community enough, while also empowering them to find their own way in things. You seem to hit that right on the nail. It's delightful and moving to see how, with Python and Django at the base, it's making a difference to people, with your support.
I've always tried to be positive towards people whose work I admire as a way to give something back to them — usually I just send the authors an email. I do think that we need a cultural change towards expressing your good feelings to other people rather than just criticism and I very much agree with the message of the project although I have no problem contacting random strangers, but I can see that many other people probably would.
So thank you very much for doing this, I hope the happiness packets project will make a lot of people a bit happier in the long run.
From Aaron Elliot Ross to Brandon Rhodes
Hello! Thank you for logging tree! It made my work with logging so much easier.
From Lacey Williams Henschel to Erik
Thanks so much for the great chat at the speaker dinner. It's easy to feel overwhelmed being in a room with so many talented and accomplished people, and it's so encouraging when someone takes the time to have a real conversation with you. I felt like I really connected with you and I hope we have more chances in the future to get to know each other better!
From Julie Kane to Jenica Rogers
This is a little piece of fluff, but I wanted you to know I'm thinking of you and sending some support and happiness your way. You make life better for a lot of people, me included, and you might not know all the ways you do that, only the ways in which it's hard. You are loved and cheered on -- and so very very cared for. Thanks for being Jenica!
From Samuel to Erika
Thank you for what you said about sharing your art and how it gives a whole new meaning to what we do. It is a wake-up call for me as I'm always scared to share code although I have quite a few years of experience coding and coaching other developpers. Fear of getting trashed, fear of being irrelevant because my vision of the problem was too narrow, or because I overlooked something already existing,... Fear of being misjudged, etc.
So again, thank you for your inspiring talk. It's very nice to see girls as happy and successful as you in CS careers ! You should still consider joigning Django girls or doing the same in your community ;-)
Por que te mereces toda la felicidad del mundo, mi querida colega!
From Kirstie Whitaker to Abby
Thank you so much Abby for all your support and mentorship of me and the STEMM Role Models project!
I love your energy and enthusiasm, and I've found our fortnightly meetings so helpful in keeping me motivated and on track.
I really appreciate all the effort you put in to helping so many people have their projects reach their best potential.
From Benjamin Bach to Jonas Obrist
Hurray for one of the longest-living most useful django applications ever done! I have it in all my projects! Thanks for always paying attention to issues and keeping up to speed with changing upstream django releases. Your work is greatly appreciated!!