We widely use open source developer tools and libraries in our daily dev life. These open source things are driven by community. I am an open source fan. And I think I must contribute to some open source project. Umm yeah, before I become a contributor I must be an active user of that project. So that I may able to see what things that need improvements or where I can fit myself to make a contribution.
There are wide areas where an open source project can be contributed.
- Blog on it
- Do marketing on different forums and advocate people to use it
- Write HOWTOs or FAQs
- Discuss and reply things with developers on mailing lists
And by doing all that, I think we can earn some reputation in contributors and they can assign us on where we can fit. It’s a good idea to contribute in your favorite open source project.