It can be hard to attract core contributors for open source projects that require "specialized expertise." Think databases or game engines, which might have heavily optimized performance code or complex algorithms.

But that's no reason to throw your hands up and declare, "Nobody can contribute."

Instead, educate people on how to contribute. This could come in many forms:

The list goes on.

Specialized skills shouldn't be a gatekeeper–it's an invitation to help make the community better.

If your project requires specialized expertise, stop making excuses

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