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sometimes the commit is misattributed

A response of sorts to commit robbery.

I’ve been on both sides of commit misattribution. Sometimes my commit gets sniped. Sometimes I’m the one doing the sniping. It’s very rarely intentional.

In a project like OpenBSD, we’d have three Todds and four Jasons, which led to frequent confusion. Forgetting exactly who contributed what would happen occasionally. Emails get forwarded around. And I think every new OpenBSD developer goes through the experience of having half their commits sniped for the first month because other developers think you’re submitting a patch, not requesting review.

I’d guess 1% of commits are misattributed in some way. There’s an acknowledgement, but it’s incomplete. Or it’s omitted. Or it credits somebody else entirely. I think that’s not bad overall, though it does mean 1% of first time contributors have a suboptimal experience. It sucks to be the statistic.

Could the 1% be improved? Sure, just require a few more TPS reports before commits are permitted. If the solution is that we simply need to ask the maintainers to care more, are we sure they don’t care? There’s already enough people burning out and dropping out of open source work.

I think Ariel’s story could have been framed better, with a rather less villainous counterparty. I almost didn’t read it, because I don’t care about commit drama, but the story of the debugging was really interesting. I’m glad I read that! But hey, your blog, your story. That said, I don’t think it’s possible to generalize from one event to sweeping conclusions like this is why people don’t contribute to open source. This is, maybe, why 1% of people don’t contribute to open source.

Posted 14 May 2024 16:50 by tedu Updated: 14 May 2024 16:50
Tagged: thoughts

an aborted experiment with server swift

I wanted to write a fun little experimental ActivityPub server. I have a solid idea how to handle this in go, or at least I think I do, so that’d be pretty boring. Instead, let’s try a new technology.


Posted 28 Sep 2023 06:23 by tedu Updated: 28 Sep 2023 06:23
Tagged: programming

www which wasm works

We’ve gotten libjxl built for wasm. It was a struggle, but we got it done, and we’re ready to run it. WASM is a straightforward standard designed for ease of implementation, so this should be a walk in the park.


Posted 22 Sep 2023 17:38 by tedu Updated: 22 Sep 2023 17:38
Tagged: go programming

on building jpeg-xl for wasm

I was planning on working on a redesign of a photo site, and wanted to use JPEG-XL as the preferred image format for storage. The only implementation I know of is the libjxl reference implementation written in C++. Alas, it hasn’t been a good week for JPEG successors, and I would much prefer not to run this code on my server.


Posted 14 Sep 2023 08:08 by tedu Updated: 14 Sep 2023 08:08
Tagged: programming

enjargo - another way to generate go json encoders

Some people, when presented with a data structure, think let’s encode this to json. Now they have two problems. Encoding and decoding. In response to this dilemma, various libraries were created, such as rust serde or go encoding/json, to facilitate drama and debate about which approach is best.


Posted 08 Sep 2023 07:48 by tedu Updated: 08 Sep 2023 07:48
Tagged: go programming

flak is activated

ActivityPub August rolls on. Now with more (some) ActivityPub support in flak.

I held off on adding it before because I wasn’t sure how deep I wanted the integration to go, and I had some doubts about how useful minimal support would be. Time to find out.

Posts are now available as activity Article objects. There’s a minimal Person actor as well, since every post needs an author, but that’s about it. No inbox support, no following, no replies, etc. Getting into delivery adds a lot more code, and admin maintenance. I prefer not to think about flak when I’m not thinking about it. I think the objects are complete enough even for fussy implementations to accept them, but one never knows.

Another issue is that sometimes I like to experiment with posts that include custom scripting or styling, and that’s not going to federate well. Oh well, I guess you can figure it out and click through. Or not. WASM over AP when?

Posted 24 Aug 2023 18:53 by tedu Updated: 24 Aug 2023 18:53
Tagged: activitypub flak web

honk 1.0

It’s been four years since honk 0.1. Before that, the preview, and shortly after the followup. But finally, after a long journey, we’ve reached honk 1.0. (Narrator: honk is a microblog server that federates with other servers via ActivityPub.)


Posted 10 Aug 2023 14:22 by tedu Updated: 10 Aug 2023 14:22
Tagged: activitypub project web

dodging the go loop trap

One of the traps in go is the reuse of loop variables, confounding novices and even catching the unwary expert. It’s so bad they may even change the language to fix it.


Posted 24 Jul 2023 15:25 by tedu Updated: 24 Jul 2023 15:25
Tagged: go programming

azorius 0.1

Reddit is deddit. Everybody needs to write a replacement. Mine is called azorius.


Posted 20 Jul 2023 14:48 by tedu Updated: 20 Jul 2023 16:33
Tagged: activitypub project web

from apples to pears

Here at Enterprising Enterprise, we love technology, but we’re also pushing it hard, constantly trying to expand the frontier of what’s possible. Along the way, we frequently find we’ve outgrown an earlier technology choice, and it’s time for us to migrate to something new. There’s a cost to doing this, but it’s the only way to keep moving forward.


Posted 17 Jun 2022 06:53 by tedu Updated: 17 Jun 2022 06:53
Tagged: rants