Karl Fogel explains how to herd cats


Interview with Karl Fogel, subversion cat herder (get a login from bugmenot).

Random and inaccurate summary:

The recurring point he makes is: no high hurdles. Lots of low hurdles aren't too bad. High hurdles are killers. Sums up the major problem with many open source projects. I guess it happens because once you've vaulted a hurdle, there's not motivation to fix it. Having someone who's role is explicitly to lower the hurdles is a really good idea.