The nature of open-source means that everyone involved in the project, whether as a user or contributor, is responsible for how they engage with the rest of the community. With most open-source projects being both global and online, it can be tough to navigate relationships, collaboration and involvement. How do you work alongside others online? How do you engage with contributors from other cultures? How do you make decisions across timezones? What do you do when conflicts arise? These challenges aren’t necessarily exclusive to open-source, but the solutions can be very unique and understanding your role as an open-source citizen will help you handle them effectively.