There’s currently a lot of excitement in the GitHub forums because the company has changed the home feed that all users receive on the homepage: Until now, there was a separation between the follower feed and the for-you feed. The first showed innovations from the accounts subscribed to by the user, the second suggested topics from GitHub that the company thinks might interest the user. The repository service, which belongs to Microsoft, now combines this in a feed that works like Facebook or Instagram – and to the annoyance of many users who can’t stand exactly this kind of nonsense feed on other social media: too uncontrolled, too arbitrary and too imprecise on the topics that actually interest the user.
One user writes: “I want to always be able to see the subscribed content of the people I follow, in chronological order by default. I can imagine venturing to another feed if I’m brave feel, but that is the exception rather than the norm.” Or, another: “Algorithmic feeds are a plague that must be stopped”, and a third finally said: “terrible, terrible, give the user the choice!”
The GitHub homepage now combines the followers and for-you feeds using an algorithmic process.
These comments summarize the anger of users. GitHub’s statement in the change log simply said: “We didn’t make these changes lightly, but since our community has grown tremendously, we have to prioritize our availability, user experience and performance.” There is no explanation as to how this relates to the feed. iX has reached out to GitHub for comment, but a response is pending.
GitHub further explains in the change log: “We have no plans to reintroduce the push events for repositories a user is subscribed to function.” Some users are already looking for alternatives. GitHub member wangrongding reacted differently and published an (untested) script on the platform that restores the old state. This means he has earned 394 stars.
A GitHub member wrote a script to restore the old home feed.
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