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Re: [RFC PATCH v1] telemetry design overview (part 1)




Am 09.06.2018 um 22:43 schrieb Johannes Schindelin:
On Sat, 9 Jun 2018, Johannes Sixt wrote:
When you want usage data, ask your users for feedback. Look over their
shoulders. But do not ask the software itself to gather usage data. It will be
abused.

Do not offer open source software that has a "call-home" method built-in.

If you want to peek into the workplaces of YOUR users, then monkey-patch
survaillance into YOUR version of Git. But please do not burden the rest of
us.

We already offer hooks. You can do anything with those hooks. Even, if you
do not pay close attention, to transfer all your bitcoin to a specific
account.

I agree with Peff: this is something you as a user need to be aware of,
and need to make sure you configure your Git just like you want. As long
as this is a purely opt-in feature, it is useful and helpful.

The problem with this feature is not so much that it enables someone to do bad things, but that it is specifically targeted at recording *how users use Git*.

We do need it in-house, for the many thousands of Git users we try to
support with a relatively small team of Git developers.

Then please build your private version and sell it to your thousands of Git users. "in-house" == Microsoft? Small team of Git developers? So, instead of shelling out the bucks for this extra burden, they put the burden on the Community?

-- Hannes