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    No. 🧐 Create a metric that a community puts some worth in, eventually someone will game it.

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      Goodhart’s Law: “When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure.”

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        Oh excellent. I love new pithy laws I can stash away for future mic-drops.

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        Imagine putting the slightest bit of trust in a github star.

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          It’s almost like people keep trying to make “social coding” more social than coding.

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        This focuses on outright fake stars. But there are also “natural” problems with them too, e.g. hustling for stars works. Projects that happen to hit a front-page of a news aggregator will get thousands of stars for just being mildly interesting on that day. These things are not a problem per se, but mirror the reality that technical merit is not enough, marketing is needed too.

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          Another problem with stars as a measure of whatever is that the number of stars you can get depends on the audience of the project. Github’s audience is mostly programmers (no idea why ;), so a project whose end users are programmers is going to get way more stars than a project for graphics designers, musicians, or even system administrators.

          Also, tell me github gardener is elaborate satire.

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          Can we trust (success metric that anyone can upvote with incentives to fake it)? The answer is almost always no by default.

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            This is pretty bizarre, to be honest.

            I suspect this is a way for Containous to cast shade at their competitors more than anything else. Why else would an entity care so much about the sanctity of Internet Points?

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              Forgive me please… I’m not going to read this article; I am going to comment.

              During the Microsoft acquisition of GitHub, a ‘protest’ repo was created and it got a bunch of stars in a short amount of time. It contained rants and links to Github alternatives. I loved it, starred it, and so did a bunch of other people. It landed on the top trending repos page, stayed there for over 24 hours, and then was apparently unnaturally removed.

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                Judging by number of stars, we should all be using is-thirteen.

                I can only apologise for this.