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  • SF has been undergoing a lot of positive changes lately. It is the only open-source hosting solution that provides all the features you need under one umbrella - version control, timeline, support forums and mailing list, bug tracking, website hosting, etc. Also, it can provide a lot of visibility by occasionally listing your project or news in a prominent location such as its front page.

    The downside for me is that the user interface is pretty messy and not as polished as in most modern two point oh apps.

    • I've always loathed SF and I might even go so far as to say I hate it. Every trip to SourceForge to get something I needed was one filled with frustration, disgust, and irritation, as something as simple as finding a module or downloading a file was always a process of figuring out where to ask, what to click on, and, even then, of digging through several pointless layers of garbage simply to get to the destination. It's like they're hurting for page-views and will do anything to increase them.

      GitHub serves as an example of making the same process much easier. You search, you copy, you clone, you're done. A lot can be learned from the way they have things organized.

      I have to say their current re-design of SourceForge has advanced the site around the level of TUCOWS in 1999, which is a step forward, though still so awful as to require goggles. I understand that many developers have zero or negative design sensibility, but are designers so hard to find?

      In much the same way Digg trumped Slashdot, GitHub has likely overtaken SourceForge for the simple reason they have gone to great lengths to consider the usability of their product. I'm sure if SourceForge took the same approach they could do wonders with the massive archive they have.

      On a related note, it is interesting that this site still requires the injection of HTML to get a simple comment to format. I feel like I'm in a time machine.