[Tagging] New GitHub tagging repo "osmlab/osm-tagging" - was: emergency=lifeguard

Paul Allen pla16021 at gmail.com
Mon Jun 18 22:20:26 UTC 2018

On Mon, Jun 18, 2018 at 10:27 PM, Frederik Ramm <frederik at remote.org> wrote:

Others have qualms about signing up to an American social network platform
> just
to participate in OSM discussions (remember - if the product is free, you
> are the


>From what I have read, others in the IT community have qualms about keeping
repos on github now it's been bought by Microsoft.  See, for example,
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/06/04/microsoft_buys_github/ and the
comments (almost all negative, some so vituperative they would make Linus
Torvalds blush).

It remains to be seen how many of those are willing to walk the walk as
well as talk
the talk.  However, I suspect a significant number have at least duplicated
repos elsewhere.  Some claimed they were going to copy their repos elsewhere
and poison the copies on github to leave a nice surprise should Microsoft
to harvest their work.

I'm not saying Microsoft will screw up github (although history shows
that's what
usually happens to their acquisitions).  I'm not saying Microsoft will
steal people's
work (they could do that without buying github), although I remember
Doublespace product and what happened to it.  I'm not saying Microsoft will
embrace, extend and extinguish github, but they have a history of doing
that.  I'm
just pointing out that people have other reasons for avoiding github these
and its alternatives don't have such sophisticated comments/discussion
so maybe that's another reason to move as much discussion as possible to the
mailing list.

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