Evangelism refers to the practice of relaying information about a particular set of beliefs to others who do not hold those beliefs….also known as spreading the Gospel“. — Wikipedia
An interesting set of tweets came floating across my screen today. Somehow the topic of open source project evangelism came up. In regards to Evangelism, I’m not necessarily sure that is the best word to be used, maybe Promotion is a better term.
Some have said that the Eclipse Foundation, should do more, but they have 90 plus projects to promote, and really the Foundation’s resources should be on promoting the values of eclipse and the EPL. Promotion has to come down to the project stake holders.
The age old argument of not enough time and resources is always used, but as with anything else, if growing your community is important to you, then you make the time to promote it. Now this responsibility does not have to fall on one particular individual. In fact from an open source stand point, this should be a team and community effort. If you want the word to get out, you have to take some of the responsibility in promoting your project yourself.
There are many good examples from the eclipse community.
Mylyn, and Xtext both come to mind. Bioclipse is another. Promotion comes in many forms, the simplest being a blog that contains a status update of your project. Twitter is another simple form to hit a wide audience. Promotion for a project is the main responsibility of the project, not the foundation. It has a wider promotion goal it has to meet.