curious: why use own hosting rather than github?

Ondřej Synáček ondrejsynacek at
Fri May 22 11:06:08 CEST 2020

Yes it is interesting conversation indeed. The point made about 
non-technical users not able to report bugs is a good one, although I 
still think that can be solved by email as well (just a regular form and 
the contents could get posted to this mailing list or different one).

If people here are against proprietary Github, why not just use 
self-hosted Gitlab solution? Personally I prefer Gitlab over GH but both 
are good.

On 22 May 2020, at 11:03, J Rt wrote:

> I agree with you, and I suppose most of this discussion is becoming an
> interesting pros and cons weighting of different approaches :) I
> definitely think that everything is a question of tradeoffs, and the
> point made by 'pro github' participants here is that it is quite
> likely that github is de facto the dominant platform / way /
> methodology used in the open source world, with most users familiar to
> it, and that, therefore, having a github workflow may be the best way
> to engage a large(r) community. But I agree that it also comes with
> its downsides, to be weighted against the benefits it could bring.
> On Fri, May 22, 2020 at 10:57 AM Erazem Kokot <contact at> 
> wrote:
>>> This is true, but at the same time, this is 'yet another method to
>>> learn', while nowadays a vast group of users are quite proficient 
>>> and
>>> used to github and similar. Using something a la github would take
>>> away some entry barrier for most user IMO.
>> Although I understand what you mean, I don't think just because new
>> users want the contributing process to be similar to what they 
>> already
>> know, that projects would have to change their workflow to suit such
>> users. This is not a great way to learn for the user and pretty
>> pointless for the project, since if for example using Sourcehut or
>> Gitlab, users could still use the same argument of comfort with 
>> Github
>> to try and move the project to Github.
>> Projects shouldn't be forced to change their workflow to suit a small
>> minority of the contributors or possible future contributors.
>> If you were maintaining a project on Github, you wouldn't want users
>> submitting pull requests over email, so why would it be any better 
>> the
>> other way around.

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