Replace github forks with github stars

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testman
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Replace github forks with github stars

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I think that would make more sense for site visitors.
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raevol
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Re: Replace github forks with github stars

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Why?
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Greendogo
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I think he means "Fork me on GitHub" should be changed to "Like us on GitHub" or "<star> us on GitHub"
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raevol
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For sure, but again, why? Forking is what people do to start contributing. Starring really doesn't do much to my knowledge? Sorry I'm not trying to be a jerk, I am just curious what the motivation is.
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Staring is like giving kuddos or liking, it'll set you to following as well so you'll see updates.

That's just github's interface, we can't do anything about that. It's not ours.;)

However the question is very vague... no one quite sure knows what they mean and they haven't come back to clarify.
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Yeah, clarification is needed. My take is that he means that most people that visit OpenMW aren't here to contribute to the codebase, so why would they fork us? But the repo doesn't really "need" stars, it needs contributors :D
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Re: Replace github forks with github stars

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I would be in favor of this. Stars indicate that people—including non-developers—appreciate the project, even if they aren't interested in or aren't able to contribute. Forking is something that only developers who have the time and ability to contribute the codebase would do.

Anybody who wants to contribute will make a fork regardless of if the metric says "Star on GitHub" or "Fork on GitHub". But for a casual fan who wants to show their appreciation, stars are a better metric.

I have never forked a GitHub project because the website asked me to. But I have starred a project because the website asked me to. And for non-developers, starring is much more reasonable to ask than forking (yes, they could make a meaningless fork to show their appreciation, but that's exactly what the purpose of stars is).
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Not that I had ever noticed this button in the first place, but: Why not have both the "fork" and the "star" button?
Seems like a very minor change to me.
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Re: Replace github forks with github stars

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Hi,
stars button has been added below forks :)
best regards,
Lukasz
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The best compromise :D
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