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IRC channels and mailing list are excellent for informal questioning about a project. You can search for guidance, see if a feature would be well received, and receive a green light before starting to implement something.

Other day I thought about contributing to Yarn, the Javascript package manager, but the only way that I found to communicate with the developers were issues in GitHub. Since I didn't know if the feature I wanted would be well received, I just quit.

That seems a little bit extreme, why not just open the issue?

that issue becomes part of public history.

i'm not the parent, but that is the main reason i try to abstain from posting on public forums unless its under a pseudonym, which my github account isn't.

I'm not trying to say that my anonymity is guaranteed with irc, its just unlikely that future employers and similar link it to me.

Have a look at Firefox Multi-Account Containers. You can open a tab that has a different color, and it uses a different cookie database. Very useful, because you can create an extra Github account and quickly switch between those accounts.


Agree. That's probably one of tje reasons why HN is so interesting:

Requiring everyone to sign in with full, verified name limits what people can talk about.

In fact I'd almost recommend against commenting online on anything using your full name.

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