re: The codebase will go open-source on August 8 VIEW POST


It worked for Reddit. There are several forks of the site, but none of them have significantly put a dent in it because the audience is on

Unless Dev adds Mastadon-esque federation, nobody's going to choose a separate instance over the mothership unless they have no choice. For example, stuff that violates the CoC ( or their needs require them to do significant mods to the site ( or they specifically want a different audience ( or

The last two are really funny, since they truly prove that it doesn't matter if you open source your codebase or not. It's not that hard to code up a clone of Dev or Reddit.

note: You'll notice that the Reddit source code repo I linked to isn't updated any more. Reddit is no longer open source. I assume it has something to do with their proprietary ranking and anti-spam algos getting harder and harder to keep separate from their "core".

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