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From Janet Swisher to Mara

Thanks for editing a bunch of CSS reference pages on MDN during Write the Docs 2017 Writing Day! And also for being fun to talk to :-)

From Janet Swisher to Cynthia Ng

Thanks for editing a bunch of CSS reference pages on MDN during Write the Docs 2017 Writing Day! And also for fun conversation in the process :-)

From Janet Swisher to Schola Choi

Thanks for editing a bunch of CSS reference pages on MDN during Write The Docs 2017 Writing Day!

From Janet Swisher to llkk

Thanks for editing a bunch of CSS reference pages on MDN during Write the Docs 2017 Writing Day.

Anonymous message

Before I joined the OSDC team, I always respected your work and the amount of time and dedication you've helped put into Opensource.com. It's truly become an amazing community hub for a broader open source community. This stands out especially when you see all the different places the authors come from! Once I got involved, it became especially clear how hard-working and committed all of you are to OSDC. There's a positive energy from that and it easily spreads.

I wanted to personally thank you for everything that you do for Opensource.com and also the wider open source community. You're a powerful, open, and motivating leader, and you easily become a positive role model. It makes me happy about how lucky we are to have people like you in the open source community. Thank you!!

Anonymous message

When I was first getting involved with open source and Fedora, from very early on, I always remember you being someone I saw frequently. In many ways you were a mentor for me and were always helpful: no such thing as too silly of a question or a one-line, short reply. Your feedback is always constructive and always leaves me with a clear vision of what the next steps are. Your advice helps me think forward: I might know where I want to go, but you help me figure out how to get there.

I'm happy that I had a chance to get started in the Fedora community with some of your guidance and that we still work together in a few places now! We're really lucky to have leaders like you in the our community, helping set a positive but still ambitious tone. Thanks for all you do!

From Jeff Triplett to Rebecca Conley

Thank you for everything that you have done for the Django community. Between doing the boring legwork of keying in all of our talks into Guidebook for DjangoCon US 2016 to helping me get the Django CoC Committee back on track to helping the DSF by volunteering to be the Secretary to a year later running for the board to be our Treasurer to helping with DjangoCon US 2017 with all the random things. Thank you for the many conversations that we have had about inclusivity and diversity. Quite frankly thank you for giving a damn, rolling your sleeves up, and putting in the time to make the community a better place for everyone.

From Alessio Ciregia to Justin W. Flory

Thank you for your enthusiasm!

Anonymous message

Ahoy Justin!

Thank you for guiding me and helping me getting started with CommOps. I'm really happy I met you and had the opportunity to work with you in tackling challenges.

Keep doing the amazing work you're already doing and of course, keep inspiring newcomers :) jwf++

From Yulytas to Neville

Hi Neville,
You are definitely in my top seven favorite people in the Linux world.
I admire you as a person, professional and as a community manager.
Thanks one more time, for all your support and kindness, you are a gentlemen and responsible. Since 2013 that I know you, I think that I can trust in yourself!
When I needed you to reach newcomers you were there in time and with good mood! Fedora LATAM is great because people like you, make it an awesome group!
A big hug from Peru and I hope you can visit us again to share all your knowledge,
Julita

From Lilly to Katie

Katie,

Thanks so much for mentoring me through my start in the open source community. If I've ever needed a voice to tell me to stop second-guessing myself, an eye to read over a blog post or a proposal, or an introduction at a conference, you've been there.

It's beyond valuable to have someone like you around. You're also great company over a post-conference brunch or a trip to a museum, which is a wonderful thing when conference travel can find attendees in cities where they don't know anyone.

I really respect all the work that you do for others in the community, and hope to pay it both back and forward myself, after your example.

Lilly

From Julita Inca to Nuritzi Sanchez

Hey Nuritzi
I have chosen to be involved in the Linux world because I have met people who do extra activities in their life. I was very impressed by the passion and volunteering good will to sharing knowledge to others. You are a great example of what the GNU/Linux philosophy means. Thanks for all your support at any time and circumstance during the last two years, thanks for your kindness and the GNOMe love you spread to the rest of the world! A big hug!
Julita

Anonymous message

It's hard for me to pin when I first saw you pop up, start saying hello, and bringing with you the reign of bunnehs and cookie noms, but whenever it happened, I'm glad that it did. In a short time, you've made no short work of mobilizing a new, critical area of development with .NET in Fedora. It's so exciting to hear that this is happening and to see the active community that so easily formed around it. And hardly months after you started, you already have some Google Summer of Code slots you're putting out to help students get involved, learn about open source for the first time, and have an impact on something so huge in the open source community. I do know it has been a team effort, but this is in part to your tact and skill as a community leader and how you help motivate others to want to contribute.

Thanks for all of the work you do in Fedora and beyond, and to help make a strong, powerful impression of women in open source and what we are capable of. :) It's exciting for me to see people like you helping lead the way, in one way or another! We're lucky to have people like you in the open source community.

Anonymous message

Hi! Sending this as part of the Happiness Packet Challenge if you didn't hear of it, hope you will consider participating too. https://twitter.com/fedora/status/850966509115498496

I wanted to say that I'm happy we have people like you in the Fedora community. You've been around for a long time and bring wisdom and perspective with that. You're never afraid to be straightforward and direct, yet you still understand that there are people behind the screen and you are considerate with your words too. You have done and continue to do a lot in Fedora, and sometimes I am surprised to find you involved in one area of the project or another (or maybe I shouldn't be so surprised anymore)…

Thanks again for all of the time and energy you devote to Fedora. It definitely does not go unnoticed!

Anonymous message

A long time ago, I met this guy who really liked Linux and open source stuff. Then I got to know him and I found out that he was also a cool guy with a really big heart. I'm really glad that I got to know you and I'm excited by all of the things you do in the open source community, both in RIT and outside of it. I have a strong appreciation for what you bring to the table and for helping build inclusive communities for others to have a part in something and contribute. Thanks for all of the awesome work that you do!

From Brian Exelbierd to Martin Quinson

Thank you for both keeping po4a running for all these years and making contributions to it easier by supporting both Alioth and GitHub. This code is a cornerstone of new ideas and continues to be relevant.

From Kevin Fenzi to Justin Flory

Thanks for all you do for fedora!

Your enthusiasm is awesome to see and rubs off on many others.

From Julita Inca to Phil Bull

Dear Phil, you were an example of selflessness and how to serve others by studying and teaching Linux. You has taught me the importance of it and your lesson changed a little bit my whole life! I’m so grateful for your help and support you gave me at any time. This week I took the challenge to say thanks to my Linux mentors, and this is a great opportunity to say that You are the greatest mentor I have ever had! :D <3

From Kiara Navarro to Jared Smith

Jared Smith was the first person that I meet in the Fedora Project. I had the chance to talk with him while I was just arriving at FUDCon 2010. Over that time I was studying electronics and he told me that he studied electronics as well, it was great. Today I want to thank to you Jared, because you have been an inspiration for most of us in the Fedora Community. Thanks for always taking care of the nitty-gritty details when you attend in some event of the community, that's really neat. I always see your responses on the developer mailing list when someone comes to ask about Asterisk and topics related and I feel happy to have the privilege to meet such a clever, friendly and humble contributor. Keep going with the spark that contagious others.

From Joe to Paul

Thanks for you years-long commitment to hosting and maintaining the mailing list manager for the LUGOR mailing lists and all that goes with it.

Anonymous message

Thank you so much, Tony, for all your support and especially for mentoring me for everything. I could not be more thankful to anyone but you. Thank you for introducing me to such an awesome Open Source world.

I love your energy and enthusiasm, and I've found our fortnightly meetings so helpful in keeping me motivated and on track.

I really really appreciate all the effort you put into helping so many people in open source reach their best potential.

From Alessio Ciregia to Eduard Lucena

You are one of the first persons I get in touch in the Fedora community. Thanks for showing me how a community could be sometimes friendly.

Anonymous message

you are the best. At your age, I was not even thinking about any of the crazy things you are doing now for Open Source. You are an amazing contributor. A person who is welcoming and respectful to other contributors. Your work in Open Source always keep me motivated and do more. Hope to be always connected with you in the world of Open Source.

Anonymous message

Your energy, creativity and patience with Ambassadors and the Mindshare initiative is inspiring. I am excited to work with you in support of these goals knowing that you will lead them well. Thank you for everything you do to make the Fedora project amazing.

From Philippe O. Wagner to Daniel Quinn

Thank you Daniel for creating and maintaining Paperless. This service is just awesome and was the missing piece to go paperless with the whole family.

From Zach Brown to Justin Flory

It seems too often that I watch communities that celebrate and surround FOSS descend into tribalism and antagonism.

Unfortunately, many of these communities are those I find myself involved in on a day-to-day basis. They are often the same communities that have the opposite, most positive sides as well.

It's easy to look at that which surrounds you and be affected by it. More recently, I've found much of these attitudes that seemingly surround starting to manifest themselves in myself and others I work with. Just the thought makes me disinterested and withdrawn.

Then as I'm casually scrolling through social media feeds I see a tweet you've retweeted or a community you're involved with. The content is almost always overwhelmingly positive. Reminding myself, and others, of what FOSS is supposed to be about. Just those occasional gleams of positive interaction remind me why I got so involved in FOSS communities from the start.

And for your positive demeanor, your intent on spreading the true core principles of FOSS, and the way in which you do it, I thank you.

I hope this can serve to you as the same type of positivity and enthusiasm that you so commonly impart on others.

From Kiara Navarro to Alejandro Perez

Everything started when I attended the FUDCon Panama 2011, almost six years now. How fast the time goes. I just have heard the idea about operating systems that you can use with a different paradigm called free software and open source. Alejandro Perez was the second person that I meet from the Open Source and Free Software Community. Electronic engineer and programmer with a full passion for Fedora. Today I want to say thank you to Alejandro because I have learned a lot from him. It was a key piece of the puzzle to know what I know now about Fedora system and electronics as well. Thanks to this amazing panamanian, that I am completely sure that most of the LATAM community agree with me, he is a great contributor to the Fedora Project, and it always be.

From Luca Ciavatta to Justin W. Flory

Thank you for the effort and passion that you put in hand of the OpenSource world. And even in Fedora.

Keeping the FOSS flag high.

Cheers,
LC

Anonymous message

This is such a simple idea but something that's truly magical and special. For me, Happiness Packets is the secret to happiness. Some days are great, some days are not so great. Some days, we're a little sad and we don't know why. Whenever I feel that way, I come to Happiness Packets to think of nice things to say to people who help me happy. I send a few of them and every time, I'm always wearing a smile by the time I'm done.

Thank you for your time and energy to create such an amazing service. I hope Happiness Packets inspires other people to build tools or services that inspire people to always be excellent to each other and to spend time focusing on the positive things to say instead of the negative.

Anonymous message

Hey, even though it's a week late, congratulations on Bodhi 2.5.0! I keep seeing and hearing about all of the work you do in the Fedora community and open source in general. Whether you know it or not, you are a role model for so many others from all of the different "hats" you wear. You're like a superwoman of open source and it's awesome that you share what you know in your blog posts and by speaking at conferences too. We're really lucky to have people like you in open source! Thanks for all that you do, and keep up the amazing work.

Anonymous message

I read your story on the Fedora Magazine about Linux Weekend 2017! It's so amazing that you're so new into open source and Linux, but you're already sharing what you know with others who are completely new. What you're doing is so awesome and I can't wait to hear about other things you continue to do! We're lucky to have people like you in open source, keep up the awesome work!

From Katie to Lucie

Thank you for everything you've done to inspire thousands of girls and women throughout your time as Django Girls Awesomeness Ambassador. You're amazing ✨

Anonymous message

❤️

From Baptiste Mispelon to Katie ✨🐨✨

Thanks for all the work you do, and in particular for helping me spread the special love of emoji in all its wonder and weirdness.


I've had an idea for an emoji talk float in my head for a while but I could never manage to turn it into something concrete.
The one you made and presented all over the world exceeded anything I could ever come up with.
Thanks for putting it out into the world!


The world of OSS can be lonely and sometimes even 💩, but it's people like you who make it 💯.


May your life be full of 🥄 and your internet pipes full of ✨.
Take care,
Baptiste

Anonymous message

Thank you for your attention to detail, willingness and enthusiasm to contribute and patience to wade through the existing documentation in Cyrus, finding the pain points... and fixing them.

Finding people to contribute code to a project is a lot easier than finding people who will update documentation. Especially to a 24 year old project like Cyrus.

May the weather always be to your liking, may your noodles never splatter across your shirt, may your virtual pen never run out of ink and may your timezone calculations never give you a headache.

Anonymous message

I appreciate all your work in creating this service.

Thank you.

Anonymous message

I haven't seen you around for too long in open source, but I know when I first saw you begin contributing, you became easy to spot. I have a lot of respect for you and your motivation to contribute to open source. You are a wonderful, positive role model for many people in the open source community, especially for women and students.

Your dedication and motivation to bring more students and women into open source through your talks and FOSS Wave activities is powerful and motivating. It helps to have someone similar to ourselves to look to for a role model. We are lucky to have someone like you in the open source community, and you have done and continue to do amazing things. Keep up the amazing work – you have many fans!

Anonymous message

You have worn many hats in open source over the years, not just as a contributor, but also as a mentor. I put a lot of high value into your thought-out opinions and insights. You have a unique and open-minded way of thinking about things, in open source and personal things alike. I'm thankful that we have people like you in open source communities to build better software and also to build better communities. We're lucky to have someone like you around. Thanks for all you have done and keep on doing amazing things.

Anonymous message

I have so much love and appreciation for the SpigotMC project and all of the contributors that help make it happen. For four years, you all have run this project out of your own free time to help maintain the Minecraft multiplayer community as we know it. It's hard to imagine a world where Spigot didn't decide to keep on keeping on after the mess in 2014. But here we are now!

Thanks to all of you for the hard work you all put in (probably often thanklessly) every day for the project. Your efforts and commitment to the project and community do not go unnoticed. I have a lot of respect for the decision-making that comes out of the project leadership. As a long-time user and community member, thanks for all that you do and keep up the awesome work.

From Ernest Micklei to Jack Christensen

Dear Jack,

Thank you for creating the pgx package.

We at bol.com have been using it in production since December 2015 for our message queueing system called BoQS. Currently, it transports about 25 million messages a day and we expect to see it grow at least 10x.

If you want to know more then just ask.

Thanks

Anonymous message

I remember when I first found out about you in the community and I was so interested to see the things you were helping organize and drive forward. After learning more, I discovered all of the dedication you put forth into your own local community. It's hard not to be inspired! Especially seeing you travel to conferences and give talks about how to bring more women into FOSS and why diversity is important. You are truly remarkable and accomplished – I'm happy that I found out about you and the Albanian community!

Beyond that, I never imagined I would get a chance to meet you in person. I'm happy that I did, and I have many good memories to thank you for. Without a doubt, you're one of the people who have impacted my own experience in open source considerably, and I'm glad to call you my friend. I look forward to whenever the next chance we will get to meet once more!

Anonymous message

There's so much I have to thank you for over the years and seldom do I have a chance to say it to you in person. You've always inspired me in my journey into open source, and your knowledge, compassion, and wisdom is yet unmatched. Without you, I can definitely say that I don't think I would have started any of this crazy adventure in the first place.

Rock the polls, win big, and keep repping all of us at the federal level with open source. I know this position is the dream gig for you and I couldn't be happier for you. Keep doing the awesome things you have always done over the years – your actions have a ripple effect. From one person you impact, they will go on and impact one or two more. I can only imagine how many ripples you have caused in this big FOSS pond.

Looking forward to bumping into you again soon, whenever that may be.

Anonymous message

Thank you for being this amazing hubby I met 8 years ago. You are such a kind guy, always supporting me and pushing me out of my comfort zone so I can learn and enjoy much more.
Also thank you for having us moved to this lovely shiny city.
I love you from the deepest of my heart

From Sebastian Zartner to Florian Scholz

I'm happy that you're always reachable, responsive and friendly everytime I come to you with an annoying question. :-)

From Natasha to Matias

Hi Matias,

I wanted to thank you (although that doesn't seem nearly enough) for your help volunteering at try! Swift NYC two weeks ago. I was honestly blown away by how you took charge, made decisions, and went above and beyond what was asked of you to help make the conference a massive success.

Thank you ❤️,
Natasha

From Beatrix Bodó to Lasse Schuirmann

In these two weeks while you were in Brno I learned new things and I felt inspired to better myself. It was mostly because of you and coala. Thank you for introducing me to open source, making coala, cooking for us, and overall being such a lovely person!

From Laurence to Mike Croucher

Mike thank you for your fellowship expertise.
I really appreciate it

From Chris to Natasha

You're talk was very inspiring. Teaching developers about writing apps to teach others various languages, in various languages. Wow. Thanks!

From Chris Mann to Natasha

Thank you for putting together try! Swift. It's been a great few days in NYC and I've thoroughly enjoyed meeting developers from around the world. Also, your blog rocks!

From Paul Hildebrandt to Trey Hunner

Hey Trey, I wanted to make sure you knew I really appreciated the chat we had at PyCon. I was trying to solve a business problem with a technical solution. You were there with common sense and pointed me to a business solution instead. Sometimes being an engineer can cloud my thinking and your wisdom was very welcome.

From Kirsten Hunter to Katie McLaughlin

Thank you so much for all your help with my code and an awesome talk on being nice :-)

From Lacey Williams Henschel to Adrienne Lowe

A few months ago, I was presented with an ethical dilemma and I wasn't sure what to do (as is the nature of ethical dilemmas). I literally thought, "What would Adrienne do in this situation?" and suddenly, what *I* should do became very clear.

Your instincts are so solid, and you care so deeply for other people and for ensuring that spaces are safe and encouraging for new people. I've learned a lot from you about how to bring those qualities into my own work. Thanks for shining your light on me, so I can learn how to better shine my own light. 🕯

From Burhan Khalid to Tim Graham

I just wanted to say thank you for helping me out with my first PR on django. Thanks to your comments I realized what areas to check into for my next commit; and I appreciate the patience it must have taken to hand-hold me through it all.

Thanks Tim!

From Lacey Williams Henschel to Kenneth Love

Thanks for always teaching me things! I'm never afraid to ask you a silly question, and I really appreciate that about you.

Anonymous message

Thank you for being with me and always push me to my best, thanks for all smiles and hugs you gave me, thanks for being the best soul mate and wife ever.

From Lorena Mesa to Jim McGowan

How do I begin to emphasize how profound the work is that you do? You're leading the way for non-profits to learn the value of OSS particularly for volunteer engagement. Thank you for all you do and I can't wait to see what you do next!

From Lorena Mesa to Rachel Ober

Rachel you have been rocking it with W/S/C as a conference chair and being the glue that holds us all together!! Thank you for being so kind and patient with me as a beginner organizer and giving me the opportunity to do the thing I love most -- help others! You're breaking down barriers to OSS daily with your actions. Keep on fighting the good fight!!!!

From Lacey to Katie

Thanks for hanging out with me at DjangoCon and mentoring me through my first commit to PyBee! I had such a great time getting to know you, and I'm looking forward to many more conference bonding experiences. **hugs**

From Erik Romijn to Daniele Procida

I just wanted to say that I enjoyed your lightning talks. Not only was it entertaining, but the work you're doing for PyCon Namibia is incredibly important. Such things require careful balancing to not both support the local community enough, while also empowering them to find their own way in things. You seem to hit that right on the nail. It's delightful and moving to see how, with Python and Django at the base, it's making a difference to people, with your support.

Anonymous message

Hi!

I've always tried to be positive towards people whose work I admire as a way to give something back to them — usually I just send the authors an email. I do think that we need a cultural change towards expressing your good feelings to other people rather than just criticism and I very much agree with the message of the project although I have no problem contacting random strangers, but I can see that many other people probably would.

So thank you very much for doing this, I hope the happiness packets project will make a lot of people a bit happier in the long run.

From Aaron Elliot Ross to Brandon Rhodes

Hello! Thank you for logging tree! It made my work with logging so much easier.

Thank you.

From Lacey Williams Henschel to Erik

Thanks so much for the great chat at the speaker dinner. It's easy to feel overwhelmed being in a room with so many talented and accomplished people, and it's so encouraging when someone takes the time to have a real conversation with you. I felt like I really connected with you and I hope we have more chances in the future to get to know each other better!

Your friend,
Lacey

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 ;-)

Anonymous message

Por que te mereces toda la felicidad del mundo, mi querida colega!

From Kirstie Whitaker to Abby

Thank you so much Abby for all your support and mentorship of me and the STEMM Role Models project!

I love your energy and enthusiasm, and I've found our fortnightly meetings so helpful in keeping me motivated and on track.

I really appreciate all the effort you put in to helping so many people have their projects reach their best potential.

From Benjamin Bach to Jonas Obrist

Hurray for one of the longest-living most useful django applications ever done! I have it in all my projects! Thanks for always paying attention to issues and keeping up to speed with changing upstream django releases. Your work is greatly appreciated!!