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Re: Claiming the "debian" account on GitHub ? [and 1 more messages]

On Sun, Jun 17, 2012 at 7:26 AM, Tollef Fog Heen wrote:

> Yeah, the random forks is quite annoying.

AFAICT github seems to (mostly) exist to encourage this mode of
development; I've even seen projects with "fork me on github" banners
on their website. The projects I work on are fairly inactive in
general and don't need much maintianence, but when random forks exist
I find it useful to see what directions people are taking with the
code. So much so that I even go looking for forks on places outside
the traditional FLOSS development hosting platforms (like Youtube). Of
course merging those forks can be quite a hard exercise, they often
contain non-free or other unmergable stuff. I usually use such forks
as an opportunity to educate people about better development practices
(DFSG, pushing upstream and other stuff from our UpstreamGuide).

The namecheck (from devscripts) and whohas scripts are useful to find
patches and sometimes forks.



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