A forge is just a tool, but is it the right tool?
by Ross Gardler, Founder at OpenDirective on Oct 09, 2012
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The law of the instrument states "if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail" (Maslow, 1966). ...
The law of the instrument states "if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail" (Maslow, 1966).
Software forges collect project artifacts and provide tools for project management. They do not build software, they do not write or test software, they do not attract users or contributors. It is the people that are important, not the forge. Without the people there would be no artefacts and thus no forges.
Forges, today, don't make it easy to discover the individuals and the communities behind the software. We typically find the project through some other means and then navigate to the forge. From there we start to examine the community using the hammer provided.
Are forges missing an opportunity here? Can we improve the way we discover the all important people and communities behind the projects?
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