I believe that for open source to work, there must be give as well as take.
Yes, but that doesn't mean everyone who takes needs to give as well. "No take unless give", that's the basis of commercial business - even if no money is involved, and even if the give is done under social pressure.
For open source to work, you don't need quantity in people providing. You need quality, and quantity doesn't imply quality. In fact, quantity might hinder the quality.
For instance, a forum where questions are asked and answered is more useful if a question receives just one or two answer of high quality than if it receives two dozen replies, a few high quality, lots of good answers, lots of mediocre answers, and a few really bad ones. (Which often happens on Usenet, Perlmonks and mailinglists).
An open source project doesn't suddenly fail if its number of users grows from 5,000 to 500,000, and none of the 495,000 new users "gives".
Posts are HTML formatted. Put <p> </p> tags around your paragraphs. Put <code> </code> tags around your code and data!
Read Where should I post X? if you're not absolutely sure you're posting in the right place.
Please read these before you post! —
Posts may use any of the Perl Monks Approved HTML tags:
Outside of code tags, you may need to use entities for some characters:
- a, abbr, b, big, blockquote, br, caption, center, col, colgroup, dd, del, div, dl, dt, em, font, h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6, hr, i, ins, li, ol, p, pre, readmore, small, span, spoiler, strike, strong, sub, sup, table, tbody, td, tfoot, th, thead, tr, tt, u, ul, wbr
Link using PerlMonks shortcuts! What shortcuts can I use for linking?
See Writeup Formatting Tips and other pages linked from there for more info.
| & || & |
| < || < |
| > || > |
| [ || [ |
| ] || ] ||