14 May '12, 11pm

Dr Nic ’s Hacking someone’s gem with github and gemcutter:

I feel like the argument against what gemcutter’s doing is pretty similar to the argument against git. Why would you want people to be able to easily fork a project, if you let them do that then how is anyone ever going to know where the real true source lives? Lots of logic to that, but people are smarter than that. 50 blah-rails gems out there on gemcutter? I bet they’re all scratching some itch, and I bet it’d serve the rails guys to take a look and see what’s going on to get an idea of what people are thinking. Also, as a user if I see 50 people forked that, I’m going to know that there’s some value in the whole X-rails gems, since that many people have found it useful enough to customize. And towards the canonical’ness, if I make a gem and somebody forks it, and then a bunch of other people use the fork, and google ranks theirs higher, and gemcutter shows theirs has m...

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