On Thu, May 8, 2014 at 11:39 PM, M.-A. Lemburg email@example.com wrote:
I agree with Stefan that the warning message wording is less than ideal. You'd normally call such blanket statements FUD, esp. since there are plenty external hosting services which are reliable and safe to use.
No, it's not FUD. Every external dependency adds another thing that can fail. I was just arguing this with one of my younger brothers this evening; he had some stuff stored in Google Docs, and he couldn't access it because of some outage. With a local git/hg repository, he would have had all his data right there, and even losing access to a central hub server just means you can't pull/push. Using someone else's server makes you depend on that server and everything in between.
Obviously that's often a cost worth paying (hey, I'm posting this from Gmail, so I completely lose access to all these emails if it's inaccessible), but it's a legitimate concern, not FUD.
(That doesn't stop the wording from being "less than ideal", though.)