December 15, 2003
@ 04:32 PM

It seems my recent post about moving the RSS Bandit from GotDotNet Workspaces to SourceForge has lead to some discussion about the motivations for the move. I've seen this question asked on Daniel Cazzulino's weblog and on the RSS Bandit message board on GotDotNet. Below is my answer to the question phrased in the form of a top 10 list which I posted in response to the question on the GotDotNet message board and also sent to Andy Oakley

Top 10 reasons why we moved to SourceForge

1. Doesn't require people have Passport accounts to download the RSS Bandit installer.

2. We get download and page load statistics.

3. Bug reports can have file attachments. This is great since a lot of the time we end up wishing people would attach their error.log or feedlist.xml file with their bug reports.

4. We can get a mailing list if we want.

5. Separate databases for features vs. bugs.

6. Source code can be browsed over HTTP via ViewCVS without having to install any software

7. Larger quotas on how much you can store on their servers.

8. Bug tracker remembers your queries and the default query is more useful to me (all open bugs) than GDN's (all bugs assigned to me even closed ones).

9. Activity score more accurately reflects activity of the project (on GDN, BlogX is scored at having 99% activity score even though the project has been dead for all intents and purposes for several months).

10. With SourceForge we get to use the BSD licence.

I hope this satisfies the curiosity of those wondering why RSS Bandit moved to SourceForge. I've been using it for a few days and I'm already much happier with it despite some initial teething problems getting adding modules to CVS.


Tuesday, December 16, 2003 6:41:27 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
My apologies! Please don't get the wrong idea - I wasn't trying to imply with my post that a Microsoft employee should only use Microsoft products or that you were in any way "wrong" for moving it.

My main point was that many others have had similar experiences with GDN, and it would have been nice to see it improved. I thought you were in a unique position to help make that happen, compared to most others.
Wednesday, December 17, 2003 2:20:52 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Bravo for #1.
I've wanted to try RSS Bandit since the day I first heard about it on Scoble's site. But I never tried it because it forced me to do the Passport thing just to try out some software. Now I can. *happy dance* :-)
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