[darcs-users] Re: need to jump in with both feet

Samuel A. Falvo II sam.falvo at falvotech.com
Fri May 21 15:20:09 UTC 2004

On Friday 21 May 2004 12:43 am, Martin Pool wrote:
> > sourceforge CVS is screwed up once again.  This is what's pushing me
> > into the world of darcs today.
> I have to say giving up on talking to CVS over intercontinental links
> is pretty wonderful.

I have to say that SourceForge's administration is also highly 
sub-optimal (and that's not how I *really* feel).  I had a wiki on my 
CUT project's site at SourceForge not a month into the project's life 
before ALL the content in the wiki disappeared.  The administrators of 
the service admitted fault for a rogue program being allowed to run, yet 
refused to take the initiative to restore from their own backups all the 
projects that were damaged by it.

I don't care if it's for fun or for profit, if you're in the ISP 
business, as SourceForge is (they provide webspace and other Internet 
services), you don't go around destroying people's project websites then 
telling them it's the project administrator's responsibility.  I can see 
if the administrators were not at fault, then I can agree with their 
decision.  But the fact that they admitted fault for having sub-optimal 
security for whatever program it was they were running (I forget what 
they were up to -- it's been a while), to me at least, makes them 
squarely responsible for offering reparations to project administrators.  
What happened was just plain not good customer service.  (For what it's 
worth, I spent more than six years running two ISPs from a management 
and technical perspective, so I do know what I'm talking about here.)

I refuse to use SourceForge ever again.  And now that they have that 
donation payment system in place, well, I wonder how long it'll be 
before some amount of money appears missing because of some 
security-related breach on the part of SF's administration, and how many 
people will not be able to seek reparations because of it.

Samuel A. Falvo II

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