On 3/23/2022 7:43, Nicolas Formichella wrote:
Right, but Simon's point is valid. Contributors won't be attracted by having to code an UI that they're unlikely to need / use themselves. It's not the sexiest possible project either, because dozens of similar frameworks exist already, just not targeted at OBS as backend.
Moreover, casual contributors would most probably fail at this project. The basic technical part - connecting to the OBS API - is simple enough. But the difficult part - the one at which software.o.o is currently failing [*] - is to figure out which repositories matter for which distribution, a task that sometimes confuses even long time human openSUSE users. I'm not even sure if this could be reliably figured out from OBS in software without a hard-coded and ever-growing list of exceptions and special cases.
IMO SUSE as openSUSE's sponsor should push this forward somehow. This is not a project to try to attract contributors for, it's a feature that must work in order to attract contributors for other tasks.
I agree with this. There are some things that no matter how hard you try you are not going to attract (many) contributors. Nothing wrong with the community or with the people trying to attract the community, it just is a crummy task.
-- Jason Craig