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Discussion on: Is GitHub killing the competition?

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edA‑qa mort‑ora‑y

There are lots of features that GitHub are missing that they never seem to get around to implementing. It wouldn't take much for a new platform to gather feedback and provide a core set of features attracting away a key set of users.

They look like a lot of other bigger services. As a user I just don't what value they've been adding anymore. A lot of fringe stuff that doesn't interest me, or isn't improving my workflow anymore. It's the same that Google does, offer a bunch of fringe stuff instead of working on their core search service.

Learning a service like GitHub isn't difficult either, nor do they have a kind of lock-in effect. It's easy to jump to a competing offering.

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z0al Author • Edited on

There are lots of features that GitHub are missing

And there will always be more.

A lot of fringe stuff that doesn't interest me, or isn't improving my workflow anymore

Me neither (sometimes), but I think they usually - recently - get inspired by the most popular integrations on the marketplace, so sure a lot of people would have interest

Learning a service like GitHub isn't difficult either, nor do they have a kind of lock-in effect. It's easy to jump to a competing offering.

The platform might not be that difficult (not easy though), but I'm not sure if it's actually "easy" to compete them, I think it would take a lot of effort, at least for now.

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edA‑qa mort‑ora‑y

What makes GitHub easy to compete with is that you don't require users to be an effective service. A new service can be of value to your company even if you're the only user. This is a stark contrast to all social sites, games, resume services, code competition sites, etc.

Sure, you still need to sell the product, but you don't have to worry about having too few users to just be usable.