Challenges of running Google Code - Porn, Malware, Hacks, etc.

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Running one of the worlds largest open source services is hard, but it is something that we at Google believe adds a lot of value. This talk will take you through my journey of working with several open source veterans as we built such a service at Google and the benefit we regularly get from a thriving open source community.

In particular, as someone that was indoctrinated at Microsoft, I will describe some of the decisions we made that originally seemed counter-intuitive to me. These are a few decisions that would have been hard to make for most traditional companies.

I will then go over some issues we face on a daily basis and talk about the questionable projects that people try to host. Some of the issues I will talk about are clearly easy to deal with, but we will quickly get to issues that have no clear right or wrong answer. I describe the approach we take in such cases.

All the issues I bring up, big and small, are key part of managing a thriving open source community. By openly discussing these issues, I hope to spark a conversation about how to better handle these challenges and improve participation in these communities.

A. Ali Pasha


Ali Pasha is a product manager on Google’s developer products. Currently, he is working with the Project Hosting on Google Code team to provide open source hosting services. Prior to that, Ali worked on the Google AJAX Search API and the AJAX Feed API. Ali is a graduate of the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College.

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Andrew Binstock
07/24/2010 8:25am PDT

Not terribly technical, but definitely interesting. Would have preferred more detailed info, such as statistics, rather than a series of snapshots of different problems faced at Google code, without any sense of how big the problems were, how common, etc.

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