I am curious if any open source project actually tracked effort by a measure like self-reported hours put by unpaid voluntary coders. Do they? How? Why?

I don't care for cost estimations functions of SLOC or any other nonsense variable.

I suggest as answer an example with multiple contributors with a explanation of how and why they do that.

  • "Is there any open source project ..." -- Questions asking us to recommend a tool, library or favorite off-site resource are off-topic for Programmers as they tend to attract opinionated answers and spam. Instead, describe the problem and what has been done so far to solve it.
    – gnat
    Aug 6, 2013 at 18:11
  • I would like to have phrased it as "has been done" or "do they". I accept suggestions or perhaps I should remove "is there any" so people don't think the question in simplistic terms.
    – michelpm
    Aug 6, 2013 at 19:26
  • "as an unpaid voluntary coder (in open source), why would I need to track hours..." - that would probably have better chances to fly, either at Programmers or at TWP, or better yet at PM.SE
    – gnat
    Aug 6, 2013 at 19:32
  • Isn't that kinda what Ohloh is about? Aug 6, 2013 at 23:49
  • If you mean COCOMO model, that is what I meant for "cost estimation function of SLOC". I think it is pointless to try to put a price on the whole code base, I just wonder what is contributed monthly measured by something else than lines of code.
    – michelpm
    Aug 7, 2013 at 17:48

1 Answer 1


I doubt it. Most software developers see time tracking activities as an evil necessary to functioning within a business. It's extremely unlikely someone would do it when they don't have to.

  • I can only see time tracking as a good thing if it's a voluntary exercise, done once in a while mainly for the benefit of the programmer so they can figure out how over or under their own time estimates are. Otherwise yah, it's the worst necessary evil. Aug 6, 2013 at 22:15

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.