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.