I didn’t stop there. That was just the first in a series of documentation updates I provided.
Of course I never set out explicitly to update the CouchDB documentation. I did this mostly as I was learning CouchDB myself, and eventually as I was building a library that uses CouchDB.
Eventually, the maintainers of CouchDB reached out to me and asked if I wanted to join the CouchDB project as a committer. This meant I would have commit access to the CouchDB-related GitHub projects. Then in 2020 they invited me to join as a member of the Project Management Committee as well.
And here’s the interesting part: All without ever writing a single line of code for CouchDB!
Contributing to open source, and being recgonized for your contributions to open source, can take many forms, and may not require writing code at all.
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