OSS 2019
Sun 26 - Mon 27 May 2019 Montreal, QC, Canada
co-located with ICSE 2019
Sun 26 May 2019 12:00 - 12:30 at Mansfield - Technical Session 1 - OSS Projects Attraction

Established contributors are the backbone of many free/libre open source software (FLOSS) projects. Previous research has shown that it is critically important for projects to retain contributors and it has also revealed the motivations behind why contributors choose to participate in FLOSS in the fi rst place. However, there has been limited research done on the reasons why established contributors disengage, and factors (on an individual and project level) that predict their disengagement. In this paper, we conduct a mixed-methods empirical study, combining surveys and survival modeling, to identify the reasons and predictive factors behind established contributor disengagement. We fi nd that different groups of established contributors tend to disengage for different reasons, however, overall contributors most commonly cite some kind of transition (e.g., switching jobs or leaving academia). We also fi nd that factors such as the popularity of the projects a contributor works on, whether they have experienced a transition, when they work, and how much they work are all factors that can be used to predict their disengagement from open source.

Sun 26 May

oss2019-papers
11:00 - 12:30: OSS 2019 Papers - Technical Session 1 - OSS Projects Attraction at Mansfield
oss2019-papers11:00 - 11:30
Research paper
Valentina LenarduzziTampere University of Technology, Davide Tosi Università degli Studi dell'Insubria, Luigi Lavazza Università degli Studi dell'Insubria, Sandro Morasca Università degli Studi dell'Insubria
oss2019-papers11:30 - 12:00
Research paper
Felipe FronchettiUniversity of São Paulo, Brazil, Igor WieseFederal University of Technology - Paraná (UTFPR), Gustavo PintoUFPA, Igor SteinmacherNorthern Arizona University
Pre-print
oss2019-papers12:00 - 12:30
Research paper
Courtney MillerNew College of Florida, David WidderCarnegie Mellon University, Christian KästnerCarnegie Mellon University, Bogdan VasilescuCarnegie Mellon University
Pre-print