Disabling comments

Update 03. April 2018: I re-enabled comments with an anti-spam plugin. If it works, I’ll keep them enabled, otherwise I’ll disable them again.

I’m running this WordPress instance since August 2017 now and at the end of last year my page was finally listed on one of those unreachable lists of WordPress pages, where some friendly bots can write awesome comments about my writing style or try to sell me some nice medicines of the highest quality for the best prices.

Because I sadly don’t want to invest the time in thanking those nice people or compare these incomparable offers, I decided to disable comments completely on this WordPress installation.

If you’re not one of those guys, feel always free to write me a mail, if you have any questions about one of my articles. If I rate your question high enough I will also append the question with an answer  at the original post. The same goes of course for any constructive notices on my bad grammar style or one of those many typos.

If you want to respond to one of my highly provocative articles, I’d rather see at more in-depth response on your own blog/site. If you wrote such a thing, please don’t hesitate to send me a link via mail.

best regrads,
Marcel

Moving the open-source stuff from phab.mmmk2410 to GitLab

The journey started in early 2016 when I decided to move my open-source projects and their management away from GitHub. First I launched a cgit instance for viewing the code and set up a gitolite for repository hosting. After a short time I moved the repositories to a self-hosted Phabricator instance at phab.mmk2410.org, because with that platform I had the possibilities for project management like issues or workboards.

But this concept also didn’t last for long.  A few month later I decided to move the repos again. This time to GitLab. And concurrently to this move I set up a mirroring system to display the repositories at my Phabricator instance as well as on my GitHub profile. Since I couldn’t import the GitLab public key into GitHub (“This key is already used by someone else”) and a password authentication did not succeed (don’t ask why, I don’t know) I decided to use Phabricator for that. Phabricator has the ability to observe another repository and pull the changes from the remote repo but it also has the ability to mirror a repository to another remote repository. And luckily it can do both with the same repository. This mirroring system is also further in use to display all my repositories not only on my GitLab but also on my GitHub profile.

Now, after one and a half year, I decided to also move the tasks and wiki articles from Phabricator to GitLab. This should reduce the need for two accounts on two platforms and also the problem, that some people are creating issues on the “wrong” platform. Now contributors can also make use of the referencing abilities of GitLab.

I declined moving everything back when I moved the repositories because I liked (and still like) the way Phabricator works. Instead of GitLab or GitHub it is not repository-centered but project-centered (but not strictly). While in  GitLab or GitHub you create a repository and in this repository you have your complete project management stuff, the wiki, the bug tracker, the CI, etc., in Phabricator, each is its own application and can be used without the need of a repository. For access control or grouping things you can use project, but you don’t have to. Everything also works perfectly on its own. But what is the advantage of it? Well, for some of my projects, like the writtenMorse project, I have several repositories for the different applications. Where would you report, say, a missing code? In Phabricator I had a writtenMorse project and you could create an issue and add the writtenMorse project tag to it. To realize the same thing in GitLab or GitHub you would need a meta-repository for general issues or for wiki articles. This is also the reason why I keep my Phabricator instance running for private purposes.

If you once created an account on phab.mmk2410 and don’t work on any private projects with me, your account was either disabled if you interacted with the platform in some way, or removed in case you didn’t.

The migration is already completed and everything can be accessed on GitLab. The former tasks and wiki pages are still accessible at phab.mmk2410 and are more or less directly linked to the new corresponding GitLab object.