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Message 7994 - Posted: 18 Oct 2008 | 20:09:52 UTC

I created a Pirates@Home project at Ohlol:

https://www.ohloh.net/projects/pirates

Maybe someone is interested…
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Message 7998 - Posted: 19 Oct 2008 | 0:37:26 UTC - in response to Message 7994.

mirabilos wrote:
I created a Pirates@Home project at Ohlol:

https://www.ohloh.net/projects/pirates

Maybe someone is interested…

Okay, thanks. I visited their site, but I still don't quite get what they do.

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Message 8000 - Posted: 19 Oct 2008 | 11:43:24 UTC

They collect open source projects, read over the code and logs,
and try to calculate metrics (for example, percentage of languages
in the code, licences, how well it is commented, how many people
contributed how much). The metrics are often a little weird, but
that’s it. They also measure people, for example you can add soft-
ware you use to a “stack” (for example, I added gcc to my develop-
ment stacks, and BOINC to the list of projects Pirates@Home uses),
so they see what is used how much, and how things connect.

I also don’t quite get it, a friend annoyed me until I registered,
but it comes in handy (commit stats, for example). They also can
offer downloads if people then so chose.

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Message 8091 - Posted: 29 Nov 2008 | 18:01:50 UTC - in response to Message 8000.

mirabilos wrote:
They collect open source projects, read over the code and logs,
and try to calculate metrics (for example, percentage of languages
in the code, licences, how well it is commented, how many people
contributed how much). The metrics are often a little weird...

I've been thinking a bit about this project, and I think it has some interesting potential, even if what they are doing now is kinda basic.

One metric they might be able to measure is something like a work/play ratio. Someone who contributes to the project for work is likely to commit to SVN or CVS during working hours (in their time zone), whereas someone who contriubtes to the project codebase on evenings and weekends is likely to be doing it for "fun" rather than pay.

It's certainly easy to count the number of lines of comments compared to code, but that really doesn't tell you if the code is well documented. The comments may be terse and uninformtive, even if they exist. Meaningful names for variables might also be an indicator of how well the code is documented. The use of indentation could tell you something too (unless it's Python).

So it's an interesting idea, but I'm not sure they have exploited the full potential yet.

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