I had never contributed to any open source project before Fedora. I found open source intimidating - and I used to think a thousand times before sending any message on IRC. During those first few days, I used webchat to connect to IRC days - simply because I didn't know any other alternative. The internet connection I was using was also not that good and I was worried it would drop off and I would miss a message. I am not sure if I missed any messages but after a few days, Justin reached out and helped me set up my IRC bouncer. I am pretty sure I asked him stupid questions but he didn’t show it and I am glad for that! That act of empathy gave me a new found motivation to contribute to Fedora and I have continued since (even though the bouncer hasn't!).
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