ESEIW 2022
Sun 18 - Fri 23 September 2022 Helsinki, Finland
Thu 22 Sep 2022 13:30 - 13:50 at Bysa - Session 2A - Open Source Software Chair(s): Gustavo Pinto

[Background] Selecting an appropriate task is crucial, but a challenging step for newcomers to Open Source Software (OSS). Therefore, researchers and OSS projects have proposed a variety of strategies to aid newcomers. [Aims] In this research we investigate what are the gaps when comparing the perspective of newcomers and existing contributors about the importance of these strategies. Such gaps can create a gulf of expectation between newcomers who are meant to be helped and contributors who have to put effort into these strategies, which can create friction and impede the usefulness of the strategies.

[Method] We interviewed maintainers (n=17) and applied inductive qualitative analysis to derive a model of strategies meant to be adopted by newcomers and communities. Next, we sent a questionnaire (n=64) to maintainers, frequent contributors, and newcomers asking them to rank these strategies based on their importance. We used the Schulze method to compare the different rankings from the different types of contributors.

[Results] Maintainers and contributors diverged in their opinions about the relative importance of various strategies. The results suggest that newcomers want a better contribution process and more support to onboard, while maintainers might expect to solve questions using the available communication channels.

[Conclusions] The gaps in perspectives between newcomers and existing contributors create a gulf of expectation and OSS communities can benefit by prioritizing the strategies that are considered the most important by newcomers.

Thu 22 Sep

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13:30 - 15:00
Session 2A - Open Source SoftwareESEM Journal-First Papers / ESEM Technical Papers at Bysa
Chair(s): Gustavo Pinto Federal University of Pará (UFPA) and Zup Innovation
How to Choose a Task? Mismatches in Perspectives of Newcomers and Existing Contributors
ESEM Technical Papers
Fabio Marcos De Abreu Santos Northern Arizona University, USA, Bianca Trinkenreich Northern of Arizona Univeristy, João Felipe Pimentel , Igor Scaliante Wiese Federal University of Technology – Paraná - UTFPR, Igor Steinmacher Northern Arizona University, USA, Anita Sarma Oregon State University, Marco Gerosa Northern Arizona University, USA
On the Relationship Between Story Points and Development Effort in Agile Open-Source Software
ESEM Technical Papers
Vali Tawosi University College London, Rebecca Moussa University College London, Federica Sarro University College London
Analyzing the Relationship between Community and Design Smells in Open-Source Software Projects: An Empirical Study
ESEM Technical Papers
Haris Mumtaz University of Auckland, Paramvir Singh The University of Auckland, Kelly Blincoe University of Auckland
On the analysis of non-coding roles in open source development
ESEM Journal-First Papers
Javier Luis Cánovas Izquierdo IN3 - UOC, Jordi Cabot Open University of Catalonia, Spain