The answer to "is sr.ht and/or mailing-list-driven development harder for drive-by contributors than GitHub?"
@sir Setting up git sendmail requires being able send mail via the sendmail binary, or via an SMTP port (25, 465, 587), which is not something a lot of people have these days. Compared to that, the hoops GitHub makes one jump through are much simpler.
Much as I hate it.
@liw their email provider almost certainly provides SMTP access.
@sir Arranging for that is much more work than using GitHub, though. Been there, done that. Several times. Not going to debate this. Your lived experience is clearly far different from mine.
@liw @jhulten here's what I'm getting at: if you intend to write code, you should be comfortable learning new technology things and looking up docs. If you are, then figuring out SMTP is not hard. You just have to find a few magic strings and plug them into the right places, and tutorials telling you Googleable names of those magic strings and exactly where to put them exist.
@liw @sir Especially when the comparison is to Github or even Gitlab. The simplest case I can see is a documentation fix. With either GH or GL, a local checkout is not required. This is a serious low bar to clear.
If all you care about is people that write code like you write, maybe you are right. But most new contributors start small to learn and to see how the community reacts to their input.
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