April 25, 2014 New Deploy with Self-Deletion

Should I deploy on Friday at 5 PM? ==> NO ==> What if I jus.... ==> OMFG...NO

Retain this flow chart

We pushed a new version of Ohloh into production yesterday.

Ever mindful of @iamdeveloper’s iconic flow chart, I did find myself asking, “It’s 2 PM on Friday; should I deploy?” But happily I realized, that if it isn’t time for cocktails, than we can still deploy.

I Delete Myself

This latest deploy has a feature that has long been requested by the Ohloh user community; the ability to delete one’s own account. An irony to proudly proclaim such a feature, but we really don’t want folks who don’t want accounts on Ohloh to feel trapped in any way. We did our best to be very responsive to all requests to delete accounts (huge kudos to the amazing Steven Snow!), but this is the 21st century and account holders deserve the ability to delete their account if they feel they need to.

To delete your own account, go to your settings page and click on “Account Basics” to edit your account. At the bottom of the page is a red “Delete Account” button.

Deleting an account is an irreversible action.  Here is what will happen if you choose to delete your account:

  • None of your open source contributions will be changed.
  • Your committer IDs (the contributions you’ve claimed on Ohloh) will go back into the pool of unclaimed committer IDs.
  • All of your edits to Ohloh will be attributed to “Anonymous Coward”
  • Can can rejoin Ohloh, even with the same email address, and re-claim your contributions.  However, you will not be able to get credit for your previous edits on Ohloh (although you will get credit for any new edits)

Before you go, please let us know why.  We want to make Ohloh a core resource for Open Source consumers, contributors, managers and organizations.  Your feedback is very important.

Spammers on Ohloh

At this point, we would like to start a new discussion: Spammers. We fear that as many as 1/3 of the current accounts on Ohloh are spam accounts.  By this we mean that the account creator has created an account for the sole purpose of advertising their product, service, blog, or similar affiliate marketing type site.  This is in clear violation of the Terms of Use Agreement:

  • Post  or use the Sites to distribute “junk mail”, “spam”, “chain letters”, “pyramid schemes”, “phishing”, or other unsolicited advertising or promotion, or material without significant value to the community, designed to drive traffic, mask its source or deceive as to authorship, distribute viruses, trojans, or other malware, or whose purpose is affiliate marketing.

Even though the link we publish for Account holders is tagged “rel=’nofollow'” so web crawlers will not follow the link and, therefore, these Spammers really don’t get the “link juice” from Ohloh for which they were hoping, it is distressing to consider that there may be so many junk accounts on Ohloh.

We are going to start addressing this by putting in additional means of detecting the use of Ohloh for commercial advertising purposes.  In the interim, Dear Ohloh User, if you see an obvious Spam account on Ohloh — indicated typically by a ridiculous user name like “Tiffany2563” and a completely unrelated URL like “how-to-grow-your-hair-thick” on some unrelated blog site — please use info@ohloh.net to send us the user name and we’ll look into it.

Thank you so very much for being part of the Ohloh community!

About Peter Degen-Portnoy

Mars-One Round 3 Candidate. Engineer on the Open Hub development team at Black Duck Software. Family man, athlete, inventor


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