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28 Sep 2022 11:39:46 EDT (-0400)
  Re: On the topic of github repos  
From: Mr
Date: 28 May 2021 15:05:00
Message: <web.60b13da1c6e322aa16086ed03f378f2@news.povray.org>
Chris Cason <del### [at] deletethistoopovrayorg> wrote:
> I haven't read 'useful macros' thread yet so please excuse me if that
> thread already involves the following concept.
> It's one that germinated when I was doing the server re-build and
> thinking of ways to avoid having heaps and heaps of PHP code to maintain
> stuff like a HOF, texture library, users and permissions for each, audit
> trail, undo, copyright assignments and so forth (we don't have most of
> those things, but if the community is to help manage the site we need
> them, or something that achieves the same end).
> Put another way, it's been said before that we ought to take more help
> from regular newsgroup users; the problem has generally being writing
> the infrastructure to allow e.g. editing of the HOF, links (though the
> latter already has some support).
> I like the idea of turning this on its head - instead of managing users
> and permissions and merging content from multiple sources, it occurs to
> me that we could just do it the other way around ... set up the repos on
> github in a format that would be consumable (even if just by scraping
> HTTP) that allows the povray.org server to reach-out and ingest it in
> one step (and rinse lather repeat). github has the infrastructure to
> manage the users, merges, history, and so forth, thus relieving us of
> having to do it. It also makes it easier for someone to contribute (all
> they need is a github account and an understanding of the way the repo
> is laid out in order to contribute. No need to have to create an account
> on povray.org and ask for edit permissions).
> I bet we could find a way of handling the HOF this way. With a few
> trusted community members in charge of QC and, accepting pull requests,
> and maintaining meta-data when needed, the HOF would (from the point of
> view of us) become self-managing (because I sure as heck don't do it now).
> IF that works, well then there's the link collection, textures, what
> else? What can you think up?
> -- Chris

Hi, of course I can just give the opinion of some random user : regardless of my
having mixed (apriori) feelings about github*, this sounds to my profane ears
like a great idea. If you decide that's how contributions, have to happen, I
would try to create an account and strive to learn it just for the purpose of
continuing, as little as it may be, my humble contribution to the links
repository. I like the wiki though.(especially the new one).

I can see two areas of possible benefit from this :
-The hall of fame looks perfect indeed as one should really weight whether the
currently very high standard of the hof is met by some candidate image. and I
imagine that rather heavy process forcing more thought into the act than a mere
gallery push.

-What about duplicating there the IRTC archives entries that have scene files ?
giving them a new ventilation, maybe some of the awesome scenes in there might
inspire some people to update them that way?

*the mixed feeling is only some slight fear about the github site being owned by
a company with a history of monopolistic practices (Microsoft) though they did
show a lot otherwise recently. But no one seems to question the risk of putting
the whole open source community in the palm of that hand. Then again, massive
number of users is probably a good point.

I imagine that if you propose this there is already a positive return of
experience from having POV-Ray code itself on Github?

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