Finally wrote a post that's been stewing for a while: What You Miss By Only Checking GitHub

Many researchers, entrepreneurs, open source sustainability commentators, et al. assume that GitHub activity is a reasonable proxy for FLOSS as a whole. It's not.

harihareswara.net/posts/2022/w

Goes over some examples, a marketing graphic that made my eyebrows go up, research about how unrepresentative GitHub can be, and some tools to try.

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When you come across some new headline or initiative or statistic about open source, it's worth checking: do they only mean "on GitHub"? Kind of like when I see a headline about "everybody" and they mean "in the US".

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