[Chicago] GitHub & SpamBayes

Dan Krol orblivion at gmail.com
Tue Feb 5 16:19:21 CET 2013

I think there's a reasonable option of going through the work of
moving to SF/git, and then cloning it and putting it on Github, making
a note in the README that you don't want people to track issues on
Github, go back to SourceForge for that. And stopping there. If people
really want to do pull requests on Github they'll do it, and then you
can pull those changes from Github back into SF. That flexibility is
the nice thing about Git. If enough people use Github's pull requests,
that should be enough evidence that you should switch. (of course
you'd have to account for those people who might have gone along with
SF if that were the only option. But, if the amount of help increases
overall, that may be the signal you need.)

On Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 7:05 AM, Skip Montanaro <skip at pobox.com> wrote:
>> I think I see Skips problem.  He thinks (and may be correct, he sure
>> knows more about it than any of us do) that no one is going to
>> contribute regardless of how easy it is.
> ...
>> What he really needs is for someone else to become an active
>> maintainer, and they can move it to github.
>> Skip, how close am I?
> Close.  I look at it this way.  Moving will require some work to
> migrate from SF/svn to SF/git or GitHub/git, with no obvious payoff.
> It's not like someone has told me, "I would be happy to fix your
> Windows installer problems if SpamBayes was hosted on GitHub. It would
> be so much easier for me to contribute."  My assumption at this point
> is that I need to do the work up front (probably not much, but
> non-zero).  Then I will have to make people aware of the project and
> its needs.  (More work.) Someone else mentioned that GitHub's issue
> tracker more-or-less sucks, so maybe I need to set up a tracker at
> code.google.com.  (A bit more work.)  Still, there is no guarantee
> anybody will come along and even see my tracker issues, much less work
> on them.  Then, should any of the existing (dormant) developers want
> to track progress, they will have to set up clones, maybe learn Git
> from scratch, etc.
> Let's assume I have no developers banging down my door to help, and I
> do all the work above.  How do I make people aware of the project and
> its needs within the GitHub universe?  That's what I see as the most
> challenging part, unless GitHub has a button I can press which reads:
> "Send a note to all GitHub folks with Windows installer and Python
> experience pleading for help."
> Then, let's assume I have everything set up and am ready to process
> pull requests.  I no longer even use SpamBayes, so my own ability to
> test other peoples' changes will be a bit compromised.
> I'm really not trying to be dense or difficult here.  I am hesitant to
> put any effort into this without at least seeing that there might be a
> path from A to B.
> Skip
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