According to Github infographics in the report, “the kindest” development community is Ruby developers. In a sense of support and appreciation for other developers via the use of emojis.
Some might say that this metric won’t say much about the “the kindness” of the community. So you might consider also the age distribution of the developers. As younger generation use emojis more often, I would still consider Ruby programming language as a young one (it’s mid 90s).
On another hand, showing some basic appreciation to someone’s work would retain these people contributing to the community.
People often forget that most of open-source projects are voluntary. So you have to give some feedback to contributors.
On the contrary, it wouldn’t mean that the world is all unicorns and rainbows. Scott Gilbertson from Wired magazine published an article about the most “swearing” programming communities back in 2011.
We’ve been trying to adapt culture of appreciation in Qobo, whenever we receive contributions from in the wild. So far, we managed to keep our WTF/minute ration quiet low, and show as much positive feedback as we could.
So, whenever you contribute to any of our projects - don’t forget to buy us the beer. It will definitely boost the approval speed of your pull requests.