Commentary: Here are reasons to open source your code even if you don’t want contributions.
Single-vendor open source projects are somewhat common, but are they actually “open source” in any useful sense of that term? It’s often said that open source is as much about community as code, but in a project with all committers and maintainers sitting behind the same firewall, there’s no real contributor community. So why bother with open source at all?
I asked that question of Twitter (yes, all of it). Turns out, there are good reasons to open source your code, even if you never expect a single other contributor to submit a pull request.
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A matter of persistence
The first reason may have nothing to do with community, but everything to do with posterity. According to Steven Rostedt, “To