[Chicago] GitHub & SpamBayes

Adam "Cezar" Jenkins emperorcezar at gmail.com
Tue Feb 5 03:12:48 CET 2013

I think you're mistaken on how most people find projects and contribute to
them. In my opinion most people find a project because of a need. If it
doesn't work and they are developers, they will probably want to make it
work. Github makes it much much easier for them to push a button and push
those changes back to you.

Without something like Github, the barrier to contribute back is higher.

Your original post talked about the users of your project, so you already
have a community. You talk about how they need to use the project, so you
already are fullfilling a need. What you don't have is a simple way to
contribute back. You had a user suggest Github as a way to do that.

On Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 6:56 PM, Skip Montanaro <skip at pobox.com> wrote:

> > Will you get pull requests? Yes.
> How?  What will motivate people to do figure out that SpamBayes needs
> something if all they see is a blob of code in a Git repo?  That's
> what I don't get.  If I could somehow get a note out to all
> Windows-savvy Python developers on GitHub about SpamBayes' needs just
> by simply moving the code base there, I suppose I *could* just sit
> back and rake in the pull requests.  How does J. Random GitHub User
> know anything even needs doing?  That's what I don't understand.
> I should probably admit that I know nothing about GitHub other than
> that it offers open source Git repos.
> Skip
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