Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder
Parties and Gifts
Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2015 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.
To you, what are the manners surrounding giving and receiving gifts?
In transactions without money changing hands, how do we demonstrate what we value?
Does it motivate you to think of your fanfic, your bug reports, your wiki edits, your patches, your teaching as gifts for a specific person? Or for a community?
Do the community leaders in your open stuff communities treat those artifacts as gifts? What about other participants?