If you, your project or your team depends on an open source project, don’t hesitate to mail its creators and tell them that you do!

You have no idea how useful such endorsements are when maintainers want to justify their time commitments!

Also, as a maintainer you're used to hearing your project being criticized all the time, because people usually only take the time to mail you when they're facing a problem they can't solve.

Sometimes, just sometimes, someone will send you a short, sweet mail saying "Hey, I'm using this and it's great. Thank you for making this!".

Be that kind of positivity in life! ❤️

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@fribbledom I find those rather annoying. I quickly glance at them and delete them.

By all means, send a toot or a tweet, but an email to the author does not provide any value and wastes time on having to delete it, when I'm already swamped in emails.

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@juliank

Really? These 10 out of the >10.000 mails I get each year are not what I'm considering the clutter.

That said, a toot/tweet obviously works just as well.

@fribbledom @juliank Social media posts about projects you are using are better than email to maintainers because they also create social confirmation and help new people, potential contributors, discover the project.

@juliank @fribbledom BTW I would love to have a 'search' feature in your blog. Thank you for writing I find it as a good source of information for me.

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