This Must Be The Place

Episode 7: Angie Byron on Community Burnout

October 27th, 2020

Angie Byron is a Senior Director Of Product And Community Development at Acquia, but she's arguably best known for being a contributor and core maintainer for the open source content management system Drupal. In this episode Angie talks about her journey through burnout, and what people can do to help identify and prevent these issues from happening in their own communities.

"Randy Fay and I used to get into little spats about this where I was big on like, 'I love Drupal, because everybody's just a blue nickname and we all treat each other the same.' He's like, 'Yeah, but you don't, because you know that chx is this big name programmer, but someone new to the community has no idea, and will talk to them in a in a certain way. And they get lambasted off the planet, because they were rude to a core developer. But how are they supposed to know?" It took me a while to kind of come around to that idea of like, the tyranny of structurelessness and things like that. That there actually is value in defining those roles and defining what the procedures are for getting into and out of those roles and things like that. So I think I've learned to appreciate good governance a lot more now than I had kind of in the earlier days." - Angie Byron