ONLamp.com: Myths Open Source Developers Tell Ourselves [Dec. 11, 2003]: This is a painfully honest article. As wonderful as the open-source ideal is, it’s tough to come by.
Myth: Publicly releasing open source code will attract flurries of patches and new contributors. Reality: You’ll be lucky to hear from people merely using your code, much less those interested in modifying it.
I originated one open-source project several years ago. I actually got some decent help, but I wasn’t an experienced enough developer to capitalize on it. I didn’t have CVS running, and people were just emailing me code. There were two or three people who jumped in and helped out, but the dicsussion forums were rife with “I’d really like to see this…” posts from people who weren’t interesting in writing a single line of code.