How to inspire exceptional contributions to your open-source project

Netdata must be doing something right when it comes to inspiring contributions. Our open-source, distributed monitoring agent has GitHub stars on GitHub and has seen contributions from hundreds of people: GitHub contributors. We’ve even hired a handful of our contributors to work full-time on making the Netdata ecosystem even more powerful.

The community is passionate about what we’re building, and they’re actively interested in making it work better for their particular needs.

Because that’s what a contributor is: Someone willing to step in and improve your project so that it works even better for their particular use case. Some contributors happily offer their time for other reasons, too, but in our case, they’re mostly sysadmins who will do faster or smarter work once we implement their idea.

But the Netdata community didn’t just appear out of thin air. We took many concerted efforts to inspired these contributions, and we thought we’d share a few of our most successful initiatives.

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How to sign up for and use Netdata Cloud

As we’ve mentioned in our announcement post (read Introducing Netdata Cloud: our vision for distributed health and performance monitoring), we’re excited to finally be showing the Netdata community what we’ve been so hard at work on over the last few months.

If you want to know more details about what Netdata Cloud is, how it will work, the features it will have, and how our work on it will affect the open-source Netdata agent (hint: they’re going to make each other better), be sure to check out the official announcement.

But, to be clear, Netdata Cloud is entirely free for all Netdata users.

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