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16-8-2018 12:00 AM

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Level of contributors' activity around an Open Source Software (OSS) project is one of the key factors in terms of its survival and success. There are several factors that affect a developer's decision to join an OSS project, yet little research examined the influence of third-party assessments on a developer's intention to join a project. Drawing on signaling theory, this manuscript explores how third-party assessment can influence a developers' decision to join an OSS project. In order to test it, vignette survey study was conducted manipulating reputation, development experience, and a number of current OSS projects of existing developers in the OSS project. The findings suggest that all three signals have a positive influence on developer's decision to join the OSS project. This suggests that projects seeking to expand the number of contributing developers should consider offering information about its "star developers".

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Aug 16th, 12:00 AM

Role of reputation cues in trust formation for a developer's decision to join Open Source Software projects

Level of contributors' activity around an Open Source Software (OSS) project is one of the key factors in terms of its survival and success. There are several factors that affect a developer's decision to join an OSS project, yet little research examined the influence of third-party assessments on a developer's intention to join a project. Drawing on signaling theory, this manuscript explores how third-party assessment can influence a developers' decision to join an OSS project. In order to test it, vignette survey study was conducted manipulating reputation, development experience, and a number of current OSS projects of existing developers in the OSS project. The findings suggest that all three signals have a positive influence on developer's decision to join the OSS project. This suggests that projects seeking to expand the number of contributing developers should consider offering information about its "star developers".