One of the interesting threads within this year's O'Reilly Open Source Conference (OSCON) was a variety of collaboration tools and platforms aimed at what might be called "mid-weight" collaboration. Which is to say, collaboration that is something more than mailing lists or user forums but something less than the code repositories that primarily target a core group of developers.
Here's the basic issue. Some popular projects, such as the Linux kernel, have a pretty broad range of contributors. However, many other projects--even successful ones--are the product of a much more constrained group of people. With … Read more