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Ghoul 20-10-2004 06:48

Should Grave Bot be an open source project?
 
Well, the title explains it. Should Grave Bot be an open source project?

Whistler 20-10-2004 10:05

Re: Should Grave Bot be an open source project?
 
I'm a free software freak so I voted "yes" :)

however make a program free software also has a lot of advantages for you, i.e., others will contribute to the development of this bot, some will nitpick bugs in the code, you have enough excuse to leave this bot for a while :), etc. etc. etc... There are also some drawbacks though, as some lamer may rip off the bot.

Pierre-Marie Baty 20-10-2004 14:33

Re: Should Grave Bot be an open source project?
 
I am also a free software freak but not quite as ayatollah as Whistler with his GNU dictatorship :P

Being open source provides several advantages but also has a certain number of inconvenients. You must all the time provide users with the latest version of your source code, and it must always be available. Else users who want to contribute always come up with bugs that have been fixed long ago. You also need to write your code cleanly, with a reasonable amount of commenting, so that someone who wants to have a look at it can do so easily, and so that those who want to contribute can write their contribution in an elegant and integrated way that blends with the rest.

It's the software which is free, not the coder :)


P.S. you should have added a "no opinion" option...

Ghoul 23-10-2004 21:19

Re: Should Grave Bot be an open source project?
 
I contacted MrBozo of S&I and he's okay with it. I had to make sure he didn't mind, since Grave Bot includes a little bit of S&I's source.


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