6 Apr 2000 Kalana   » (Journeyer)

Yay, another diary entry. Actually, I consider averaging once a week is good enough for me.

I agree with mbp, sometimes the diaries seem more like yelling into a huge room. Of course, you can't see into it, and the only reason to think anyone's listening is that occasionally, someone shouts back. Interesting how people use their diaries instead of the article comments to discuss articles, too.

Maybe if advogato had sections for articles, like "Technical", "Philosophy", or "Social", there would be less complaining and anti-certifying about off-topicness.

While on the topic of meta-osfs[1], I think it would be interesting to document how specific large open projects (more than a few dozen dedicated developers/contributors) work in terms of coordination and project management. This kind of thing seems to be reinvented by the individual projects. While, obviously, something that works for one project doesn't necessarily work for another, sharing insights and experiences might be helpful, and just interesting in its own right for the armchair anthropologists. I suppose everyone who knows is too busy working on their respective projects, though.

Does anyone actually read the TOS for Sourceforge? IANAL, but some of the stuff looks a little strange, like 6a, which covers "any Content" that is "harmful", "vulgar", "abusive", or "otherwise objectionable". Does stuff like "Hey, you suck", or "This code is a POS" count? And 6i, which states that you can't "cause a screen to 'scroll' faster than other users of the Service are able to type". When debugging stuff on IRC, I often paste a few screenfuls of logs or compiler output, definitely "faster than other users of the Service are able to type". Am I allowed to do that? Actually, I'd say any heated discussion in realtime with more than a few participants goes faster than I can type (in that I wouldn't be able to log the conversation by typing it. It doesn't seem terribly well defined. (does "faster than other users are able to type have a legal definition?)). How about 6h? I can't "transmit any material that contains ... files or programs designed to interrupt destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software...". When doing software devlopment, there are often legitimate reasons to do so, such as posting "Hey, I crashed $PROGRAM, here's how", or "I saw an exploit for $PROGRAM on bugtraq, we should fix it". Note that this isn't even restricted to public forums, so you technically can't even do this on, say, a private developer mailing list. I hope I'm just being unreasonably paranoid.

[1] Open Source and/or Free Software, because I don't want to make a distinction between them in contexts where there is none.

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