Missing the Bus: When the “Bus Factor” Threatens Open Source Projects

Slippery Surface Warning Sign

Accidents and unforseen setbacks happen — to open source projects and their maintainers. The “Bus Factor” has been felt a lot lately.

There is some disturbing news in the larger open source community about declining financial and developer support:

In the WordPress ecosystem, many companies support the core project by sponsoring contributors to assist with the project — and many are doing this full-time. Overall there is good support for Five For The Future. But I see weak spots too, like testing.  Especially with Full Site Editing, core contributors need more support for testing.

Despite some areas that need improvement, WordPress is in a good position today. Without several key companies, including Automattic, it's easy to see how the bus factor would likely be a much higher concern for the WordPress project.