Maintainers: free up your time, so you can follow your passion!
Open source maintainers are the heart and soul of open source. They are the ones who lead and/or own open source projects. This is page is all about how Code Relay can help out Maintainers.
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You can still make a huge impact by becoming a Contributor! Learn more here.
It's no question that open source has become work. The same boring work you have to do at the office
- Working with contributors instead of colleagues
- Internet politics instead of office politics
- And you still have to do the same grunt/busy work
But in open-source, there is no paycheck (or a very tiny one) waiting for you at the end of each week. It's no wonder why so many open source maintainers burn out and lose their passion.
Code Relay is here to fix that!
- No more recruiting and onboarding contributors.
- You don't have to become a community manager
- Save hours of time
Just set up your tasks and you are good to go.
How it works:
- Create a task like: fix this bug, or write documentation for this part. Checkout the wiki for some real examples or send email us at email@example.com and we'll help you get started.
- Email your task description to newTask@coderelay.io or open an issue code-relay repo with the title: NewTask. You will get a reply once your task has been processed and is in the system.
- Sit back and wait. Go write some code that you actually enjoy writing, or do something else productive. The future is yours, so make it a good one.
- Once your task is complete you will get a pull request with your requested changes!
- Your repository must be licensed with an Open source initiative approved license* License
This includes the most popular licenses you've ever heard of, such as BSD, GPL, or MIT licenses.
- Your code must be a public repository hosted on GitHub** github.com
- Finally, this isn't a rule, but a strong suggestion: Please include the words: "Made with CodeRelay.io" at the top of your repo's README.md
The more people know about Code Relay, the more people will contribute, and the better it is for all maintainers, including you.
That's it! You can make tasks for almost everything you can think of. Code Relay has just begun, so we are playing everything by ear.
*We are not here to do your Paid/Professional work for you, we are here to make open source software for everyone.
**We plan to support more hosting sites in the future. We are just starting with GitHub because it is the most popular, and users are likely to be familiar with it.
Don't know where to start?
Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll help you set everything up.
Q: Does Code Relay cost anything?
No. Code Relay is free for both Maintainers and Contributors. Code Relay exists to make the world a better place.
Q: What do you mean when you say 'open source'?
All tasks submitted to Code Relay must be for a project licensed with an Open Source Initiative (OSI) approved license, which means the project meets OSI's definition of open source.
Practically, this ensures that all of your contributions are going to help the community, not to do someone's job for them.
Q: Does Code Relay replace GitHub, GitLab, etc.
No. This platform is meant to be used with those services, not replace them.
Q: Does code-relay replace the pull-request workflow
No. Code relay is meant to supplement current workflows, not replace.
Q: What backend are you using? Is it open source, where is the repo?
There isn't one, yet. Right now, I (@mmulet) respond to each email personally. When code relay grows large enough that it needs an automated backend, I intend to build it using code relay, and it will be open source.