From getting trolled to getting featured in Github Trending #1

May 2021, 13:30 CET

Just like every month, Max starts the public zoom meeting to host contributors of open-source project- Jina. 200+ people join in. Max starts sharing the big news about the upcoming major 2.0 release. He’s sharing this news publicly for the first time. Max’s eyes are brimming with excitement, it’s a major stepping stone for the project. We all have been coding, designing and planning for many months to reach here.

Recording from the event showing the zoombombing at 00:24
  • Understand what needs to be built and improved
  • Help people understand the project
  • Educate people about the domain
  • Reach out to people who might benefit from your project
  • Collaborate with other contributors
  • Deal with issues and pull requests
  • Deal with outdated versions/docs
  • Deal with different opinions
  • Sometimes deal with jerks like the ones who zoombombed us

Jun 2021

After that zoombombing event, we did our best to not let trolls get in the way of our commitment to make this project successful and do that while being public and transparent about everything.

  • We doubled our growth
  • We were trending #1 on Github (the #1 out of 190 million repositories)
Screenshot of Jina on Jina being featured on #1 “Trending today” on Github and the growth in stars
Screenshot of Jina being listed #1 on Github Trending page
Github repo screenshot from the time we start vs now
  • 6,000 stars on Github
  • 524 forks
  • 155 contributors
  • 1839 PRs
Video credit: Alex C-G

My learning

This is not the first time I experienced trolling. I have learned three things

  1. It’s common to get trolled on the internet, there’s nothing personal about that
  2. The best answer to trolling is to ignore them and keep doing your best (easier said than done)
  3. The open-source community is awesome. For every 1 troll you have 6,000 supporters.

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Pradeep Sharma

Pradeep Sharma

I write code & articles on productivity, software engineering, team building, remote work, etc.