The man behind Linux and Git shares his thoughts and philosophy on life, work, management, collaboration and the need for quiet computers.
Source: The wisdom of Linus Torvalds
I think that for online communities this bit of wisdom is critical
The tipping point of open source
The big point for me really was not when it was becoming huge, it was when it was becoming little. The big point for me was not being alone and having ten, maybe 100 people being involved. That was a big point. Then everything else was very gradual. Going from 100 people to a million people is not a big deal, to me. Well maybe it is if you want to sell your result, it’s a huge deal, don’t get me wrong. But if you’re interested in the technology and you’re interested in the project, the big part was getting the community. Then the community grew gradually, and there’s actually not a single point where I went like, “Wow that just took off,” because it, I mean, it took a long time, relatively.
We have already done the heavy lifting, the big part. Communities like CLMOOC have to keep working at their communities if they want them to survive. You can’t just have a G+ space and expect that just by calling it a community that it will survive. There has been some activity of late there and that is good, there has been some continual activity in some of the FB spaces, but we need curators and facilitators who are willing to do some ‘managing and connecting’ on a regular basis. Perhaps not big projects, just regular presence. Seeding, always be seeding.