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Tom Krazit Nov 6
One thing about GitHub developer numbers that continues to drive me crazy is that they count total account numbers, not active users. I have a GitHub account I haven’t touched in four years. 40M = all accounts ever created, not actual users.
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Matt Asay Nov 6
Replying to @tomkrazit
But they do say "The total number of non-spammy user accounts on GitHub as of September 30, 2019, regardless of their activity status." I guess "non-spammy" just means they're not...spamming. You're right: they may not be doing anything useful
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Tom Krazit
As they’ll tell you, I complained about this a lot around the acquisition, the new language is actually a little clearer. Mostly bugs me that GitHub user numbers are often used as a measuring stick for the number of software devs on the planet.
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Jennifer Lankford Nov 7
Replying to @tomkrazit @mjasay
Marketing people use github too. It’s good for content, not just code.
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Tom Krazit Nov 7
Replying to @jenlankford @mjasay
I definitely hear that, but GitHub's messaging about its numbers is totally focused on labeling users as developers.
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Matt Asay Nov 7
Replying to @tomkrazit
doesn’t help that they actively use that 40M number as “number of developers” (Nat regularly gives a presentation with that number)
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