In March, in "What Would Open Source Look Like If It Were Healthy?", I told a sci-fi story of an overwhelmed maintainer. Every solstice is a Responsibility Amnesty Day, so he uses one to say "Sorry, I need to stop doing this."

This resonated with a lot of people. So...


now there's a website:

The next solstice is Monday, June 21st, 2021. Maybe you should take a moment between now and then to list out what you're responsible for, so on Monday, you can announce that you're setting something down.

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@brainwane I own, and one ambition I have for it is for open source help wanted ads.

This reminds me of my framework for assessing opportunities and avoiding burnout in work and volunteering

@olamina I definitely read this 6 years ago! Glad to be rereading it now with a fresh perspective

@olamina @brainwane this is great stuff and I'm glad this thread came across my timeline.

I joined a volunteer community organization in 2008, went all-in for 5 years (2 of which I spent as the leader,) and completely burned myself out. Years later I still haven't found a way to just show up and sit quietly on the sidelines without being pounced on and asked to help with XYZ; so many orgs lean way too hard on their members' sense of altruism.

Yeah I often struggle with how to join things in a sustainable and manageable way. I know how competent I am but I also know and have to keep trusting that others are too!

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