If developers who aren’t officially paid to work on …

If developers who aren’t officially paid to work on the project get the feeling that design decisions or feature additions are simply available to the highest bidder, they’ll head off to a project that seems more like a meritocracy and less like unpaid labor for someone else’s benefit. They may never complain overtly on the mailing lists. Instead, there will simply be less and less noise from external sources, as the “out” developers gradually stop trying to be taken seriously. The buzz of small-scale activity will continue, in the form of bug reports and occasional small fixes. But there will be fewer and fewer large code contributions from unexpected sources, fewer unexpected opinions voiced in design discussions, and so on. People sense what’s expected of them, and live up (or down) to those expectations.

Karl Fogel: Producing Open Source Software – How to Run a Successful Free Software Project

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