[python-committers] Github accounts (was: formalising retirement as a Python committer)

Nick Coghlan ncoghlan at gmail.com
Sat Jan 2 10:14:24 EST 2016

On 3 January 2016 at 00:12, Paul Moore <p.f.moore at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 2 January 2016 at 13:46, M.-A. Lemburg <mal at egenix.com> wrote:
>> I guess the PSF could refund any Github charges incurred to
>> remedy the situation. Their smallest plan is USD 7 per month
>> and account, so that would mean costs of USD 84 per year and
>> committer - this certainly within range of what the PSF can
>> provide without problem.
> Alternatively, would it be worth reaching out to Github to ask if they
> would be willing to allow an exception? The condition seems intended
> to disallow spamming or camping of accounts, which clearly isn't the
> case here.
> Note: I have no direct interest in this, as I only use my github
> account for personal activities, so the issue doesn't affect me.

I use my own GitHub account for both personal projects and for work,
but Red Hat's open source contribution policies are probably the most
liberal on the planet, so I don't have any need to separate them.

However, it's also the case that if an employer is simultaneously:

1. Expecting employees to maintain a clear separation between personal
and paid activity on GitHub; and
2. Refusing to pay for dedicated GitHub work accounts for their employees

Then there's a contradiction between their expectations and their
failure to provide employees with the resources needed to meet those


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