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DevConf.us 2019 is the 2nd annual, free, Red Hat sponsored technology conference for community project and professional contributors to Free and Open Source technologies held at the Boston University in the historic city of Boston, USA.

When: Thursday, August 15 to Saturday, August 17, 2018

Venue: Boston University, George Sherman Union Building
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Saturday, August 17 • 14:40 - 15:25
Sorry to Bother You! Effective OSS Recommendations

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Open source software contributors develop and maintain a wide variety of useful programs. Unfortunately, many projects are largely ignored outside of the OSS community. Bots can automate many different tasks and have been used to make suggestions to users, however humans often find these automated recommendations ineffective. We conducted a study using a very naive and simple bot to recommend an open source static analysis tool (Error Prone) to developers on GitHub. As a result, very few users adopted the tool and we received lots of feedback from developers on why our recommendation was unsuccessful. This talk will summarize the feedback and present principles, including psychology frameworks such as nudge theory, for improving awareness and adoption of your open source software project.

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Chris Brown

Graduate Student, North Carolina State University
I am a Computer Science Ph.D. student advised by Dr. Chris Parnin at North Carolina State University. My research focuses on improving recommendations to developers to increase adoption of useful software engineering tools and practices.

Saturday August 17, 2019 14:40 - 15:25 EDT
Terrace Lounge GS Union, BU