GitHub Launches Private Maintainer Community
Written by Kay Ewbank   
Tuesday, 11 April 2023

GitHub is launching a private space for maintainers to connect with peers, preview features, and learn from each other.

GitHub Maintainer Community will be by invite only, though maintainers can request an invite.

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There aren't too many details of what's going to be available to community members, but the GitHub team says they're launching new programming for maintainers including invitations to private maintainer events, early access to betas and previews, and workshops to discuss and collaborate on open source best practices.

The first Maintainer Community workshop entitled, "Personal ecology for open source maintainers: self-care and avoiding burnout," took place on April 5. Its interactive format allowed maintainers to discuss the importance of personal ecology and steps they can take to improve their own balance, pacing, and efficiency. The GitHub team says they'll document and share best practices to help other maintainers avoid burnout.

The reaction to the new community on the wider open source community is best described as lukewarm. As one commenter said on Hacker News:

"Ah yes, the spirit of open source, manifested harmoniously in a private members-only forum".

Other even more cynical commentators suggested this is just the marketing team worried that GitHub is losing popularity and desperately trying to think of something they can offer to look more appealing.

The opportunity to get an invite is available now. We'll doubtless find out if this turns out to be something useful or just another talking shop.

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More Information

Request an invite to the private Maintainer Community on GitHub 

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