The Ethics of Unpaid Labor and the OSS Community
Disclaimer: This post is critical of open source software in the context of unpaid labor and the hiring requirements we’ve set up around it. It is not a criticism of open source software itself or the people who participate in it, both of which I and anyone who uses software benefits from. This is work that I - and many of us who do software for a living - also financially benefit from.
tl;dr: I want to see all people fairly compensated for their labor without feeling forced into it; I do not want to see free and open source software stopped.
This is a conversation that we’ve had a few times over the course of the past few weeks through twitter, blog posts, and in person, so I figured it’d help to pull the conversation all into one place and provide additional context for how unpaid OSS work creates inequalities.