Help me find a good programmer community for my research...
June 2, 2014 10:52 AM Subscribe
I am an academic who studies things like online communities and entrepreneurship. I would like to conduct a survey of open source and non-open source developers to see their commitment to helping out other programmers and their attitudes to entrepreneurship. When I last did research on this, Sourceforge was the place to go, but I have been outside of this world for awhile and it has moved on, perhaps to Github? Please help me figure out a good site to survey! Details inside...
I need help on finding a site where:
(a) individual programmers hang out
(b) it contains a mix of people with different types of projects and commitment levels to open source and not, commercial and non
(c) there is some method of contacting people on the site - either via email or some internal mail system
(d) there is some way of measuring community connections - perhaps questions answered or discussion posts made?
(d) there are ideally some objective stats associated with developers - especially great would be a list of projects associated with different open source statuses
I think this sounds a lot like Github, but smaller online sites would be great as well. Similarly, if there is some sub-segment of Github or another site I should concentrate on, that would also help me focus my efforts.