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Sourceforge is just so awesome#

Wed, 08 Oct 2003 21:09:34 +0000

Sourceforge is just so awesome.

There's a project called SLIME, the Superior Lisp Interaction Mode (Enhanced). It's existed for about a month or so, and reportedly seeing a lot of hacking. Observe this mailing list archive, for example. Note several posts per day, and obvious evidence of ongoing development.

Now see that it all stops suddenly on 29th September. What possible reason might there be for this? Why, it was due to inactivity, of course. Sourceforge knows all.

On further investigation it turns out to be a little more complicated. Back in 2000 there was an unrelated project on sourceforge called Slime, which the author at the time decided to delete. Three years later, after the project name had been taken over by the current crew, Sourceforge presumably decide that this would be a good time to implement the deletion.

I'm semi-impressed that the same member of Sourceforge staff can forget what's going on in the week between Luke Gorrie's request to restore it and mine asking where it had gone. Although, I guess, they deal with too many projects to remember, and if the interface that SF staff use to search their support database is the same one as we the public have to put up with, I can quite understand their not wanting to touch it any more than they can get away with. I wouldn't.