What I like to see most in an open-source project is that it is focused. By having a clear vision for what the project is and is not, it shows me that thought has been put into it and I can trust that the project will continue to serve my needs into the future instead of morphing into something way more than I need.
I don't need a project to be maintained daily if it is small and focused in scope. In many cases, these projects are simply finished and the only updates necessary are bugfixes. There's something really nice about projects that are feature-complete.
I've been dabbling with the OSS project for a short while now and I've come to some personal conclusions.
Some things seem to be a requirement for an OSS project to be "good":
Other things were pretty noticeable for someone who's just been starting:
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