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Monday, February 29, 2016

More entryism in Open Source

This is both pathetic and a naked attempt to inspire the useless entryists by giving them credit for trying to impose a Code of Conduct on a project. Techno-virtue-signaling at its finest:
Recognize all contributors, not just the ones who push code

This is a specification for recognizing contributors to a project in a way that rewards any and every contribution whether or not it be code. The basic idea is this:
Use the project README (the most public part of most projects) to recognize the contributions of members of the project community.
People are giving of themselves and their free time to contribute to open source projects in so many ways. It can be a real time sink sometimes and so they should be praised for all their contributions (code or not). Use this project as an example implementation of the all-contributors specification (see the Contributors section below.
After all, where will we be if the contributors who don't contribute anything feel bad about themselves? That would be like the Holocaust! You know who else didn't give proper credit to non-coders? That's right, Hitler.

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Blogger Student in Blue February 29, 2016 1:07 PM  

Your impeccable logic has persuaded me right where it matters - my feels.

I'm now LITERALLY blubbering and crying. I'm starting a Twitter campaign RIGHT NOW to combat this injustice.

Together, through the power and magic of caring we can change the world with no other effort of our own.

Blogger Thomas Davidsmeier February 29, 2016 1:08 PM  

Wow, just wow. I never thought about the Hitler thing. But, you're totally right, he never gave any credit to non-coders!

Well, I'm off to go send and post some encouraging memes on some open source project email lists and forums.

Anonymous #1037 February 29, 2016 1:12 PM  

What if I've always felt in my heart that k was a coder, and I view coding as more of an idea that ties people together, instead of a racist and exclusionary "Job description."

OpenID basementhomebrewer February 29, 2016 1:12 PM  

This is a naked attempt to make pushing COC's and speech policing out to be valuable contributions to a project. Anyone interested in actually working on a project knows this to be false.

Blogger Alexander February 29, 2016 1:13 PM  

You know, progress begins at home.

I note that here at Vox Popoli, the sidebar has a space for 'Castalia Authors' and 'Sad Puppies' and even 'target rich environments'.

Where is the banner of 'commented at some point.'

I can feel the repression. My name deserves to be on the front page!

Blogger White Devil February 29, 2016 1:27 PM  

I think the violence we're seeing here is very revealing about the true nature of capitalism. These victims are only the tip of the iceberg. Even volunteers can't produce under capitalism without exploiting the vulnerable.

It's sick. It's sick. It's all sick and we have nothing to lose but our chains! Rise up! Smash the system admins!

Anonymous Spartacus xxxxx February 29, 2016 1:31 PM  

It can be a real time sink sometimes and so they should be praised for all their contributions (code or not).

It's the Marxian Labor Theory of Value. They spent so much time washing the sand on the beach that it's more valuable now.

Anonymous Soga February 29, 2016 1:31 PM  

And they say this place is an echo chamber? Just look, Vox's readers are SJWs!

I'm so triggered.

Blogger Salt February 29, 2016 1:32 PM  

How to properly invoke Hitler. Priceless.

Blogger #7139 February 29, 2016 1:33 PM  

That's right, Hitler.
Heil Hitler anyone?

OpenID denektenorsk February 29, 2016 1:35 PM  

Tech socialism at its finest. You did all of the work but I'll take half of the credit, m'ok?

Anonymous Concerned Bear February 29, 2016 1:37 PM  

I find the word triggered to be violent patriarchal word rape. Triggers are only on guns and guns kill people. WAKE UP PEOPLE! Until we can remove these misogynistic terms from our thinking, bisexual albino POC anti-phobic people will continue to feel unsafe! Wow. Just wow.

Anonymous BGKB February 29, 2016 1:49 PM  

This is a specification for recognizing contributors to a project in a way that rewards any and every contribution whether or not it be code.

What about people who self identify as code contributors that actually are not. Perhaps they should be recognized with a pixilated yellow/gold star.

Anonymous p-dawg February 29, 2016 2:06 PM  

So what is there in a piece of code that is contributed by non-coders? I guess I'm just showing my ignorance by asking, but I would really like to know.

Blogger JDC February 29, 2016 2:08 PM  

My contribution is that I've been praying for their demise...where's my trophy!

Blogger Student in Blue February 29, 2016 2:12 PM  

So what is there in a piece of code that is contributed by non-coders? I guess I'm just showing my ignorance by asking, but I would really like to know.

There's a high value in documentation and in-code commenting that explains coder intent and functionality, but those sort of require being able to understand code in order to do it correctly.

Anonymous NorthernHamlet February 29, 2016 2:29 PM  

VD,

The guy that developed the logo for a project... High value in your opinion or no?

Blogger weka February 29, 2016 2:31 PM  

Heh. The twits don't realize that any part of Open Source can be forked. And will be forked: Pale Moon instead of Mozilla Firefox: Vivaldi instead of Chromium, and lightweight distros (Arch if you like Systemd, Void if you do not) instead of the *buntu.

These people are dead-weight. Linus has the correct idea: go full master drill sergeant on them.

Blogger tz February 29, 2016 2:32 PM  

There needs to be a special recognition for those who waste the most time of the key contributors with minutiae and trivia.

Guess what, If you do something very significant that is not code, you will be recognized - If you write a comprehensive document, organize something in chaos, or even clean things.

But this nonsense is the "everyone gets an award" mentality. I've often contributed one patch because I needed it for my hardware or needed some feature. I don't care if I'm recognized. I have a bit of kernel code that goes back to Linux 1.1 that runs every bootup on every architecture and no one knows that bit is mine.

Blogger lowercaseb February 29, 2016 2:38 PM  

wow...I'd add a pithy comment but I am in awe of everyone's command of SJW-speak. I'm not worthy.

...which means that everyone now has to work on making me feel included.

Speaking of...it would somewhat amusing to have a contest to see who can craft the most mewling, toxic CoC. The winner gets to submit it to Coraline at GitHub for immediate implementation.

Anonymous roughcoat February 29, 2016 2:38 PM  

Some of those examples are silly. Yeah, let's track down every guy on stackoverflow who answered a question about our project.

As has been mentioned, documentation is very important. Most of the projects I look at have mediocre to poor documentation, which makes it pretty hard to learn to use whatever it is. If someone is making up documentation and tutorials for the project, they definitely should get credit because that requires skills most coders simply don't have. Most people are very bad at putting themselves in the shoes of a noob and considering all the things that person probably doesn't know.

If someone made me a great logo, why wouldn't I give them credit?

Credit-giving should be left up to the project leaders. If they're dicks and never give anyone credit, they won't find many people who want to work with them.

Most of the crap on there sounds like a huge waste of time though. Maybe they should have a category for "guy who spends all his time keeping the readme updated with the endless list of peripheral 'contributors'".

Blogger Doktor Jeep February 29, 2016 2:41 PM  

Nazis? I thought we sprayed for them last week. And they are back. Yeesh.

Blogger dc.sunsets February 29, 2016 2:51 PM  

I get that modern American corporations can exist for very long periods of time weighted down by boatloads of Affirmative Action hires and Box-checker employees, but for some reason I thought volunteer projects would be
1. less able to tolerate the dead weight and
2. less willing to tolerate the dead weight.

Silly me. The Dark Side (theocracy) is still strong in this empire.

Blogger Astrosmith February 29, 2016 2:52 PM  

I notice that you can contribute a blogpost. You should add this blogpost to the project!

Blogger Ron February 29, 2016 2:52 PM  

the only non-code I can respect would be documentation.

Blogger Alexander February 29, 2016 2:53 PM  

@21 That's an easy fix, just have a couple people whose job it is to round all that info up. Course then you'd have to add their names to the list of contributors...

Zeno's trophy list.

Blogger Eric Slate February 29, 2016 3:02 PM  

Every non-coder in a code related project should be seeking to make an active technical contribution. Making logos, website development, and database/server maintenance are useful non-code activities, but people who do these things would benefit from learning to code.

Blogger James Dixon February 29, 2016 3:07 PM  

> ...and lightweight distros (Arch if you like Systemd, Void if you do not)

Sigh, everyone always forgets about Slackware. :(

Anonymous Spartacus xxxxx February 29, 2016 3:09 PM  

Astrosmith wrote:I notice that you can contribute a blogpost. You should add this blogpost to the project!

You're totally right! Everyone on this Github Contributor Thread Team deserves special recognition for their valuable contributions to this project, for giving of themselves and their free time in so many ways.

Recognize ALL CONTRIBUTORS, not just the ones who push code!

Anonymous Michael Maier February 29, 2016 3:15 PM  

"You know what a prick Hitler was? I just read MEIN KAMPF... no dedication." --- Dennis Miller

Seriously... I hate this planet.

Blogger Student in Blue February 29, 2016 3:22 PM  

> ...and lightweight distros (Arch if you like Systemd, Void if you do not)

Sigh, everyone always forgets about Slackware. :(


They would have added it themselves... but they were slacking.

Anonymous Euro contracter February 29, 2016 3:44 PM  

That's exploring a new side level of stupidity. The next pull request will be so they can get rid of contributors who technically qualify but are politically uncomfortable. The one after that will be so that social justice contributors go on top of the list.

Developers should be encouraged to drop projects with SJW CoCs. Documentation contributions are difficult since SJWs used that attack vector to get Ben Noordhuis fired from node.js.

In other news, did you see that the tranny Coraline anti-Ruby got hired by GitHub?

http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2016/02/25/github-hires-notorious-social-justice-warrior-to-work-on-anti-harassment/

I'm even happier I canceled my paid plan now.

Blogger James Dixon February 29, 2016 3:46 PM  

> They would have added it themselves... but they were slacking.

Well, as the resident Slackware user, it is sort of my job. :)

OpenID denektenorsk February 29, 2016 3:52 PM  

What is the end game here? Credentials for doing nothing? They'll drive out the good ones and they'll go off and do their own thing (or not). It's not like they are taking over a multi-billion dollar company to drive into the ground.

Blogger The Sasquatch February 29, 2016 3:52 PM  

I have no problem adding the following to future README.txt files:

"Many thanks to all the people not involved in this project who did absolutely nothing to bring it to fruition. Congratulations on having your thanks added here, in a README.txt file, which no one will read."

Blogger Hen February 29, 2016 4:22 PM  

"That would be like the Holocaust."

Pathetic.

Blogger tz February 29, 2016 5:14 PM  

It gets worse. How about women who identify themselves are trying to pull a CoC, or have weaker submissions than those who don't.

Blogger Nate February 29, 2016 5:28 PM  

hahaahah.. so this their obvious attempt to take the teeth out of the "Only contributors get a say"... they want to redefine contribution as.... talking about stuff.

I do hope people start putting Vox Day in README files. as we here have contributed just as much as these entryists by that definition.

Anonymous Quartermaster February 29, 2016 7:48 PM  

There are many others, mostly left wing heroes, that also didn't give any credit to non-coders.

Blogger weka February 29, 2016 8:24 PM  

Slackers is middleweight. Arch and void still come ozone cd. Fedora (which I use on work machines is a heavyweight and the Ubuntus superheavyweights.

Gentoo is the middleweight alternative, but the gentoo based distros are supersuperheavyweight.

Blogger weka February 29, 2016 8:25 PM  

On 1 cd. Autospell begone

Anonymous Be Not Afraid February 29, 2016 8:32 PM  

>You know who else didn't give proper credit to non-coders? That's right, Hitler.

That dirty, damned rat bastard.

Blogger Were-Puppy February 29, 2016 8:34 PM  

If they don't acknowledge them in the README file, then Hitler will roast 6 Million SJWs in an Oven! Oh the Humanity!

Blogger Were-Puppy February 29, 2016 8:39 PM  

The exclusionary tactics are triggering. The SJW must be forced to include the name of everyone alive that was NOT involved in the project, and carefully list their names and country of origin in a special exciting credits section.

Blogger Were-Puppy February 29, 2016 8:42 PM  

@28 James Dixon
Sigh, everyone always forgets about Slackware. :(
---

It's the Doc Carson of OS :P

OpenID denektenorsk February 29, 2016 9:56 PM  

@37 "It gets worse. How about women who identify themselves are trying to pull a CoC, or have weaker submissions than those who don't."

The basis of the study are complete garbage. Researchers with no bias (yeah right) took all GitHub user names and guessed at their gender.

"While “insider” women did not seem to be penalized for their gender, outsider women saw their acceptance rate dip from 72 to 62 percent when their gender was identifiable from their user profile. Men with identifying details in their profiles also saw a drop in their approval rate, but the trend wasn’t nearly as strong."

The only way to confirm a bias by sex would be to blind submit a patch and the submit the same patch to the same project with an identifiable sex. Yiu then repeat this with a LARGE sample size. Even then, that doesn't neccessarily indicate sexism. If I've worked with a programmer for a longer period of time and I come to think of him or her as "good" I will be less intensive on code reviews than I will be on a new person. It's a valid way to optimize my time spent on reviewing. The bias is against the new person, not what you have in your pants. If that's not welcoming, I don't really care, I care about the program working as intended.

I'm not saying that a dedicated female programmer cannot be better than a male, far from it. I've worked with some incredibly awful male programmers in my time, the bar is not set particularly high. What I am saying is this study is garbage in, garbage out, but it fits the narrative so expect it to be shared wide and far.

As a video game developer I can attest that video game studios fall over themselves to hire women so they can pat themselves on the backs for being good allies. If the women is even mediocre in talent all the better, she doesn't actively make work for people. There is sexism in video game hiring, but it works in favour of the ladies.

Blogger Feather Blade February 29, 2016 10:01 PM  

It's like a zen koan... what is the contribution to a coding project of one who contributes no code?

Anonymous BGKB February 29, 2016 10:13 PM  

As to the question of how to profit off of free content from before, its not just no platforming and selling data but manipulation. Search engine manipulation hundreds of times more powerful than old fashioned subliminal messages.
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-02-27/hidden-persuaders-how-internet-flips-election-alters-our-thoughts
"Looking ahead to the November 2016 US presidential election, I see clear signs that Google is backing Hillary Clinton. In April 2015, Clinton hired Stephanie Hannon away from Google to be her chief technology officer and, a few months ago, Eric Schmidt, chairman of the holding company that controls Google, set up a semi-secret company – The Groundwork – for the specific purpose of putting Clinton in office. The formation of The Groundwork prompted Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, to dub Google Clinton’s ‘secret weapon’ in her quest for the US presidency.

We now estimate that Hannon’s old friends have the power to drive between 2.6 and 10.4 million votes to Clinton on election day with no one knowing that this is occurring and without leaving a paper trail."

Blogger Harsh February 29, 2016 11:27 PM  

You know who else didn't give proper credit to non-coders? That's right, Hitler.

Hitler was a mediocre coder at best.

Blogger James Dixon March 01, 2016 12:53 PM  

> Slackers is middleweight.

Depends entirely on what you choose to install. Slackware allows you to install exactly what you want from the CD's/DVD. If you leave off KDE and go with one of the lightweight window managers, Slackware becomes lightweight.

Remember that over half of the Slackware DVD is the full source code, which neither Arch nor Void includes on their CD.

Blogger Eric March 02, 2016 4:52 PM  

This is a naked attempt to make pushing COC's and speech policing out to be valuable contributions to a project. Anyone interested in actually working on a project knows this to be false.

This is almost certainly true. There are people who contribute in ways that don't involve coding, but these contributions are usually made by people who are also coding. So they'd already be on the list.

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