[Networkit] Taking my leave

Christian Staudt christian.staudt at kit.edu
Fri Apr 22 19:05:24 CEST 2016

> On 22 Apr 2016, at 13:56, Raphael C <drraph at gmail.com> wrote:
> In short, I think there is a strong need for a tool such as networkit
> and I am very grateful it exists.

A follow-up comment: If you rely on NetworKit (or any free software project) for your work, think about how you can involve yourself (like Raphael just did).

Don’t rely too much on the idea that a small research group, however committed, will pull all the weight of this code base always (and play publish or perish on the side). The beauty of the open model we chose is that nobody really owns the code. Whoever can make collaboration happen “owns” it at that moment. This makes it safe for external collaborators to contribute: If you don’t like the direction this is going, permission has already been given to create a fork. However, since this divides resources for everyone, there is always an incentive to find consensus.

Don’t think your contribution is too low-level. Designing algorithms requires specialists, but because they are specialists, they will overlook things that are also important. Most users have programming skills, and every user can evaluate whether the software does its job.

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