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Subject: Re: [boost] codepad code longevity ?
From: Joel de Guzman (joel_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-01-29 20:30:04

On 1/30/2010 9:17 AM, OvermindDL1 wrote:
>> You can use Github without using git. You can use it purely for the
>> gist functionality which is equivalent (or even better) than codepad,
>> pastebin, or others like it.
>>> The issue is that instead
>>> of people posting short code snippets in-email or as an attachment,
>>> they are posting it to something like codepad or one of its clones,
>>> thus when someone looks in the boost archive however many years from
>>> now, the link is invalid or points to the wrong code if it has been
>>> reassigned. People can make codepad last indefinitely as well, but it
>>> does not do that by default, and most people do not bother to change
>>> the options. It is *always* better just in inline it or attach it,
>>> depending on length. Always more easily acceptable and indexable by
>>> google then as code that is with the archive will be linked to it,
>>> where as it is not if on codepad or anywhere else, it has no reference
>>> there.
>> Sure, but if you really wanted to use something like codepad so that
>> the code is accessible from elsewhere, Github gists are one way of
>> doing it. And again, you don't have to know or use git to use the gist
>> functionality.
>> You also get versions for free when using gists so that you can look
>> at the evolution of the code snippet over time.
> Where-as if you post it with the email directly, you get the
> advantages of both lifetime and searchability. Searchability is a
> *HUGE* thing with archives, putting code through links kills that.

And that is very important!

I can't speak for Boost, but we're banning such practices in the
Spirit lists.


Joel de Guzman
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