What are Open-Source Happiness Packets?
People are generally much more loved than they think they are. Especially when things don't go according to plan, other people almost never think as harshly of you as you might think of yourself. It's easy for us to complain when bad things happen, and yet we're often fairly silent when things are good. Open-source communities are no different, especially when our main communication channels are textual and virtual.
The feeling that you made a difference, that your work matters and has value, and that the people you work with are happy to work with you, is an awesome feeling. With Open-Source Happiness Packets, we're trying to spread that feeling.
How does it work?
Openly expressing appreciation, gratitude, or happiness to other people can be difficult. This is especially true when you don't know them very well. Many of us come from cultures in which people are not open by default about such feelings, and naturally feel uncomfortable or even creepy to share them.
Open-Source Happiness Packets is a very simple platform to anonymously reach out to the people that you appreciate or to whom you are thankful in your open-source community. Your message can be sent anonymously if you feel uncomfortable to share your name with the recipient. Of course, we encourage you to share your name, but it's completely optional!
If both the sender and the recipient agree, we can publish the Happiness Packet on the website. We hope to build an archive of open-source happiness that communities can draw inspiration from.
As an example, here are two random messages from our archive:
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 ;-)