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Feed Validator Source Moving

The source to the Feed Validator is in the process of moving from SourceForge to Google Code, primarily in hopes that this will result in a reduction of spam as compared to the existing mailing list.

Users of the online interface will not be affected by this move.

Thanks go out to Gregor Rothfuss for making the move happen.


I suspect I’m unlikely to ever have contributed to this particular open source project, but this move worries me, as it looks to me that if I did want to contribute, I’d need a Google account. Needing an account to contribute is, by itself, no great hurdle, but an account at a service which then allows tying together of information like “this contributor (very easily identifiable as a real person) also performed searches for ...” - and that information likely remaining available for the rest of my life - scares me. It’s why I’ve resisted getting a Google account so far, but with their services becoming ever more ubiquitous (and truth be told, useful), that’s getting harder and harder. I really wish they’d decouple all their services and let them fend for themselves standalone. (Same for the yahoo empire.)

Is there really such benefit in the integration of the mailinglist and source code hosting / project management that this move makes more sense than just setting up a separate mailinglist somewhere outside sourceforge and leaving the rest be as is? Why was google chosen out of other alternatives, or are there no real alternatives? (And am I the only one worrying about such things?)

Posted by Sander at

primarily in hopes that this will result in a reduction of spam as compared to the existing mailing list.

Was there anything wrong with the version control hosting at SourceForge?

Needing an account to contribute is, by itself, no great hurdle, but an account at a service which then allows tying together of information like “this contributor (very easily identifiable as a real person) also performed searches for ...” - and that information likely remaining available for the rest of my life - scares me.

That’s what bothers me, too, about projects at Google Code.

What are the realistic options these days? SourceForge? Google Code? java.net (for Java projects)?

Posted by Henri Sivonen at

This is me piling on to the “I don’t want to have to have a Google account” commentary.

Posted by Aristotle Pagaltzis at

Was there anything wrong with the version control hosting at SourceForge?

Not recently, no.

Posted by Sam Ruby at

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Gregor: nice to see that someone working at Google takes legitimate concerns about privacy issues so seriously as to dismiss us all as whiners.

Posted by Sander at

I have a generally positive bias toward sourceforge and OSTG, who’ve been doing great job at fostering open source under a (mostly) independent umbrella. That said, spam on the feedvalidator-user list has made it completely unusable of late, I have to admit. It would be worth talking to the sf.net people about it though, no?

Also, will there still be a list to monitor commits? It was the most useful feature over at sourceforge, for me.

thanks.

Posted by olivier at

Also, will there still be a list to monitor commits?

Done.  For future reference, here’s how.

Posted by Sam Ruby at

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