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Managing First Impressions of New Open Source Software Projects
November/December 2010 (vol. 27 no. 6)
pp. 73-77
Namjoo Choi, College of Computing and Information, University at Albany, SUNY, Albany
Indushobha Chengalur-Smith, School of Business, University at Albany, SUNY, Albany
Andrew Whitmore, College of Computing and Information University at Albany, SUNY, Albany
Open source software literature has largely ignored how newly initiated OSS projects can attract developers in order to sustain their vitality. In light of the fact that most are eventually abandoned, more attention needs to be paid to how these projects can effectively and efficiently attract more developers. Drawing on impression-management literature, especially first-impression management, the authors explore the potential role that the initial presentation of new OSS projects plays in attracting developers. The article presents preliminary findings from a pilot study including interviews and an exploratory quantitative analysis for further research.

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Index Terms:
open source software, first impression management, web search, computer-supported cooperative work, information interfaces and representation
Citation:
Namjoo Choi, Indushobha Chengalur-Smith, Andrew Whitmore, "Managing First Impressions of New Open Source Software Projects," IEEE Software, vol. 27, no. 6, pp. 73-77, Nov.-Dec. 2010, doi:10.1109/MS.2010.26
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