About Ohloh’s “Journals”

Although I’ve been an user for a while, I haven’t talked at all about Ohloh Open Hub before. The whole idea seems quite fun, as Lennart said, being able to actually receive “kudos” for the work done for the Free Software can be a real turn on for some volunteers at least.

And thanks to the fact that a lot of projects are using git nowadays, it makes it possible for one-time contributors with no commit rights to have their patches widely acknowledged 🙂 Too bad that it doesn’t support Mercurial yet, so xine-lib is not tracked :/

One thing I actually see being kinda useful, though, is the new journal feature. SourceForge and other *Forge-based systems provide “Diary and notes”, but it’s pretty much useless if you’ve got a “real” blog. What the journals seems to be replacing, rather than a blog, is Twitter.

Indeed, I’ve used twitter before to write down notes about what I’ve been doing on projects, not full blown status updates like I do for the blog, just a few notes here and then through Kopete or Adium.

Considering I haven’t even seen the twitter bot online in the past weeks, this is a very welcome feature to me.

So if you are interested to follow minutiae of what I’m doing for various projects, feel free to just watch it on the Open Hub page. Too bad friendfeed does not support Ohloh yet.

On a more interesting note, the rbot-bugzilla plugin, that allows to access bugs information through rbot (Ruby Bot), is getting in great shape. Thanks to Robin (robbat2), the plugin can now announce new bugs in channels (it still lacks filtering, I’m working on that), and it has an “archstats” command like jeeves did (just, not limited to one bugzilla installation).

Stay tuned for future development, I really hope to be able to do something useful again soon 🙂