If you're not willing to provide even your name to make use of a free
service, then I dare say you are erecting your own barriers. Such is your
choice, of course, but I don't think others need to be compelled
to accommodate the barriers you create for yourself.

And just because the terms of use are not unconditional, or perfectly to
your liking, does not mean you're not welcome to use it. You are.


On Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 9:34 AM, MJ Ray <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Shaun Ellis <[log in to unmask]>
> > * Myth #1 : GitHub creates a barrier to entry.
> That's a fact, not a myth.  Myself, I won't give GitHub my full legal
> name and I suspect there are others who won't.  So, we're not welcome
> there and if we lie to register, all our work would be subject to
> deletion at an arbitrary future point.
> There's a couple of other things in the terms which aren't simple, too.
> [...]
> > * Myth #4 : GitHub is monopolizing open source software development.
> >  > "... to its unfortunate centralizing of so much free/open
> >  > source software on one platform.)"
> >
> > Convergence is not always a bad thing. GitHub provides a great, free
> > service with lots of helpful collaboration tools beyond version control.
> >   It's natural that people would flock there, despite having lots of
> > other options.
> Whether or not it's a deliberate monopolising attempt, I don't think
> that's the full reason.  It's not only natural effect.  There's a
> sneaky lock-in effect of having one open tool (git hosting) which is
> fairly easy to move in and out and interoperate with, linked to other
> closed tools (such as their issues tracker and their non-git pull
> requests system) which are harder to move out or interoperate.
> Use github if you like.  Just don't expect everyone to do so.
> Hope that explains,
> --
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