There is a great post by Andy Lester, entitled “14 Ways to Contribute to Open Source without Being a Programming Genius or a Rock Star“, in which he describes the dilemma of so many prospective contributors to FOSS:
The most damaging idea that I’ve observed among open source newbies is that to contribute to open source, you have to be some sort of genius programmer.
He is so right! There are many ways to contribute to FOSS that are not about committing new code to the SCM, and Andy catalogs 14 of them in his post. I won’t steal his thunder – go read his post for some great ideas.
So what does this have to do with Ohloh? Well, Ohloh contributes to the “super programmer” idea to some extent, in that the system compiles and analyzes statistics about code – the stuff found in projects’ SCMs. Imagine if Ohloh could compile data on the non-code elements of FOSS projects – what would you want to see first? Using Andy’s post as a guide, here are some possible data sources we could add to Ohloh – vote and tell us which you think would be most valuable!