I am on a small development team that is tasked with completing the server side programming for an Open Source MMO project that has been in progress for about 5 years now. Approximately a year ago we Open Sourced the project hoping to draw in new developers, this was without much success and in fact we haven't gained even one active developer in our project. The Project Star Wars Galaxies A New Hope, is something near and dear to myself and the other few people working on the project. It is a quest to bring back one of the golden eras in gaming, Patch 14.1 for Star Wars galaxies.
The progress as of this summer was extremely slow and it seemed as if we were taking two steps forward and one back every change we made. The codebase wasn't designed very well and we looked into completely rewriting it from scratch. After a couple of weeks we realized this couldn't be done in a timely manner and perhaps we should take another look at the old core to see if we couldn't revive it. We found it was worth just revamping the old core and continuing to push forward, we've made some really good changes that will help with the future of development. One reason we didn't really want to push heavy developer recruiting was the state of the existing codebase.
Now that it is somewhat cleaned up, how do we go about recruiting quality individuals that are interested in finishing up this Open Source MMO project and delivering what we promised to the community?