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pxeger
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Unpopular opinion: you shouldn't create a GitHub organisation for your open source project until it has more than one person working *full time* on it.

It just adds opacity to who the author and owner of the project is. I don't want to have to look up the organisation members to check if you have a conflict of interest when you promote your project, or understand why you think you know so much about it (even if you do), or whatever

And you DEFINITELY shouldn't hide the members of your organisation, I want to know who you are! Take some credit for your work!!

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  • 2
    Correct opinion.
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    I thought this was *the* opinion 🤔
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    @SortOfTested well, I haven't got any proof it was unpopular, I've just not seen it said
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    So if the maga hat guy decides to work on a project, and the project is good with it. He should tell the whole doxing world that he is working on that project and possibly bring hate upon an otherwise decent project?

    If people want to anonymously contribute to a project they should be able to. I mean they can always create a different account if they wanted to anyway.
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    @Demolishun contributions aren't anonymous at all on GitHub. I'm just talking about leadership and ownership of a project, not contributors necessarily
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    @pxeger Are people using this to get free work done for their companies or something?
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    @Demolishun also I think if you bring politics (and similar ideas) in to your development projects you're fundamentally stupid. Keep those debates out of programming
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    @pxeger It was the Linux kernel dev community that brought in politics. They kicked a guy out for his political leanings.
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    @Demolishun what did you mean by "are people doing this to get free work done for their companies"
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    @pxeger I am trying to understand why an anonymous owner is bad.
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    @Demolishun mainly because of conflicts of interest when self-promoting; and understanding the structure of the project's contributors
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    @pxeger What would an example be of a conflict of interest?
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    @Demolishun if you are advertising some amazing project but actually you created it. Not massively important but depends on context
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    @pxeger But all of MY projects are amazing! ;-) I could see a conflict if somebody working for company A and is working on a company on the side. Then the side company is a COI with A. So if you wanted to hide participation for this spinoff.
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    @pxeger But even then one could always create a separate account.
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