In Open Source You Should Always Be Looking For Your Replacement
In open source projects you should always be looking for your replacement, according to David Carver in a blog post about recruiting help for open source projects.
In his opinion, the projects that are spearheaded by a few individuals, are the ones that fail, as the committers cannot respond to the community’s needs quickly enough. The ultimate success of an open source project for Carver, lies in embracing and encouraging involvement from the community so that, if you ever have to take a step back from a project, there are developers already prepped to take your place.
“Looking for your replacement on the project, can you help ensure that it may survive and thrive long term,” he concludes.