[Top][All Lists]

[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

Re: [Repo-criteria-discuss] Why is Data Export only listed in Extra Cred

From: Mike Gerwitz
Subject: Re: [Repo-criteria-discuss] Why is Data Export only listed in Extra Credit?
Date: Thu, 12 Nov 2015 22:23:47 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.0.50 (gnu/linux)


Your concern is an important one, even for GNU projects.  Indeed, it's
one of the reasons that I will stick with Savannah for bug reports and
feature requests for my GNU project.

But I can't answer your question.

Richard---I quoted the entire e-mail from Ingo below.  Could you explain
your position on the data export criterion?


On Tue, Nov 10, 2015 at 16:35:47 +0100, Ingo Ruhnke wrote:
> I find it rather troublesome that I have to go down the list all the
> way to the bottom to find:
>> A+ — Extra credit
>> All data contributed by the project owner and contributors is exportable in 
>> a machine-readable format. (A+5)
>>From my point of view that is *by far* the most important point when
> it comes to hosting, far more important then anything else on that
> list. If the data is stuck on the server with no way getting it out
> that means I am at the whim of the hoster or project manager and if
> they ever decide to change policies or just shut down permanently I
> can't do anything about. This is especially troublesome when it comes
> to projects or content that is created inside the webbrowser itself,
> such as Wikis or bug reports, the lack of export can easily kill such
> a project or lead to huge data loss. The lack of data export really
> should put a hoster into the "Unacceptable" category.
> In practical terms this is no longer as big a problem as it used to
> be, as Git makes it easy to mirror whole repositories along with the
> complete history and services like GitLab and GitHub use Wikis that
> are build on top of Git. But bug reports can still be rather
> troublesome to move from one service to another, as some data might
> get lost in the export (e.g. the Google Code -> GitHub move didn't
> copy attachments, but only text) and there are of course other
> services around that might not be based around Git and have no export
> at all.

Mike Gerwitz
Free Software Hacker | GNU Maintainer
FSF Member #5804 | GPG Key ID: 0x8EE30EAB

Attachment: signature.asc
Description: PGP signature

reply via email to

[Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread]