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Issue No. 02 - Mar./Apr. (2017 vol. 34)
ISSN: 0740-7459
pp: 37-43
Alexandre Lazaretti Zanatta , Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul
Igor Steinmacher , Federal University of Technology-Paraná and Northern Arizona University
Leticia Santos Machado , Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul
Cleidson R.B. de Souza , Instituto Tecnológico Vale and Federal University of Pará
Rafael Prikladnicki , Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul
Crowdsourcing distributes a task to a large network of people--the crowd--through an open call. Newcomers (those attempting to make their first successful contribution) are especially important because they are a source of new ideas and promote a sustainable number of developers. So, newcomers should be encouraged to be active participants in software crowdsourcing. However, newcomers can have difficulty winning algorithm competitions. In addition, six types of barriers can hinder them: lack of documentation, poor task management, problems understanding code structure or architecture, information overload, poor platform usability, and the language barrier. Fortunately, ways exist to minimize the barriers, including consistent documentation, well-structured source code, recommending tasks that are appropriate for newcomers, and assigning tasks to newcomers that let them derive more benefits for themselves. This article is part of a special issue on Crowdsourcing for Software Engineering.
Crowdsourcing, Documentation, Usability, Software engineering, Open source software, Software testing, Software development

A. L. Zanatta, I. Steinmacher, L. S. Machado, C. R. de Souza and R. Prikladnicki, "Barriers Faced by Newcomers to Software-Crowdsourcing Projects," in IEEE Software, vol. 34, no. 2, pp. 37-43, 2017.
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