katzj - No, I knew you weren't Jon Katz from your bio/notes. I was referring more to the nausea that bubbles up when you see jonkatz's commentaries on slashdot.
dalke - Yes, it was you. Actually, I recalled it was something biobased, but not the name of the project either. But I had (when I first read your diary entry) gone and looked at the project. I didn't grab the code (no time right now), but I suspect that is the beauty of advogato: people will go take a look. Not everyone, but some. And of that some, some will download code. So 'someone is listening', many someones. As for knowing the domain, that is what the local group is for, your peers. You might get certified as Journeyer, but if 3 or 4 of your peers arrive and certify you as Master, the metric will reflect that too. You are right, with a very small group of peers, no community participation, and 'unpopular' code, the metric system might not work too well. Anyone got any ideas to fix that? (beside joining some more community activity. I predict now that will end up being metric #2, with code being #1)
Took the GPL/UCITA discussion with kelly to email because I'm really not interested in public flamewars. Summary: IANAL, Kelly is a law student. I agree with RMS, Kelly agrees with other lawyers. End of story. Time will tell.
Code aka work
If you ever get a chance to work with Motorola routers, just say no! They suck to configure, and the world is all Cisco these days. It's been pulling teeth to get budget approvals to switch, but we finally almost have it, after a near miss this morning where it looked like living with Motorola for another year. And just to prove how important it was, in the afternoon, had (the regular) trouble with setting up a connection to a vendor due to them using Cisco and us not. "Well, we'll help you set up the connection. You use Cisco routers right?" and the pause when I say no, and the "well, sorry, don't know anything about Motorola" answer - It's happened too many times now.
So instead, I've got a duct tape and string linux box that 'fixes' a lot of the problems the Motorola just doesn't do well. Funny how often a little linux box will solve all those odd problems, often even the same box, just add a few more bits of string and duct tape.
Code aka play
Haven't had much time to work much on fixing the CVS code, but have contacted a few other related projects to share code and tips and at least get on each other's mailing lists.
If you add a new diary entry (not an edit), while your old entry is still in the recent, it disappears the older one off the recent, no matter how recent is it. Not major, just annoying. Choose Edit first.
What is the difference between Contributor and Helper for a project? Bugfix submitting? I can think of a few projects I regularly use and submit reports/fixes for, but I don't know which to pick. If you get mentioned in the Changelog, which would that be?
How about a User option? (for tracking only, just display a count of this on the project page, not the individual names) I use many of the projects listed.