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No GitHub: re-introducing an Inbox or Direct Messages is a bad idea!

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/08/18

Yesterday I published about Yet again, GitHub violates the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines by stealing a key: not it is the dot (.), and this week some feelers were put out for a kind of GitHub Inbox / Direct Message feature:

[] GitHub Projects on Twitter: “What if there was 📨 DM/inbox feature on GitHub?”

There already is (which is public instant messaging around GitHub repositories), and people have enough trouble managing all their incoming private message streams (be it paper/email inbox, social media and others), in large part because of SPAM and harassment messages.

It wasn’t by accident that the Private Messaging at GitHub feature was ditched almost a decade ago during [Wayback/] 2012 Spring Cleaning | The GitHub Blog:

Private Messaging, however, was a step backwards: nobody wants another inbox. And a sub-par one, at that. Email is still the best way to contact someone.

Today we’re removing Private Messaging from GitHub. If you want people to contact you, please provide a public email address for your profile.

So I’m with all these:

Yes, I know [] Tierney Cyren on Twitter: “A reminder that this account doesn’t actually represent GitHub nor any feature planning GitHub is doing… “, but I want to make absolutely clear to GitHub that another private message feature is a very bad idea.


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