On Citizenship in Open-source software development
I’ll steal the TL;DR from the author:
TL;DR: By giving an actual social status to the people contributing to a repository, GitHub would solve the problem of zombie-projects with a scattered community. By allowing these citizens to actually collaborate with each other, instead of just with the owner, repositories will live as long as the community exists, completely on auto-pilot.
Ignore “GitHub” for a second and replace with WordPress.org. Upvoted contributions to by_the_people_ branches on plugins could be an interesting way of addressing the stale plugin or unresponsive plugin author issue.
Responses and reactions
I like this idea - merge Github with StackExchange, upvote and downvote everything, all knowledge in 1 place! You're welcome.
#winning startup idea
At least Github allows you to easily fork projects...
Direct quote from the article....
And this is where you say: “Who cares? Anyone can just fork the repo and give new life to the project elsewhere!”
Yes! Forking is easy, matching forks with users is the hard part.
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