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From Harbs <>
Subject Re: "Fork Me" on GitHub (was Re: [DISCUSS] Graduate Apache ShardingSphere (incubating) as a TLP)
Date Sun, 29 Mar 2020 07:16:41 GMT
The discussion on trademarks is about general sponsor links. As far as I can tell, it has nothing
to do with “Fork Me”.

I read the thread on board@ and I looked at the notes in the agenda from 2014_12_17.

I don’t see a consensus that Fork Me is not allowed. I do see a consensus that it’s not
preferred. I do see that Wicket removed it. Other projects still have it. I do see a preference
to have an alternate ribbon which doesn’t have the words “GitHub”, but has the same
behavior. I’m not sure if any such ribbon was ever created. Justin, you mention something
Sally mocked up, but I couldn’t find that. Do you have a link?

If an alternate ribbon was created, that should be recommended instead of making a blanket
statement that “Fork Me” is not allowed.

My $0.02,

> On Mar 29, 2020, at 8:44 AM, Julian Hyde <> wrote:
> Ah, thanks Justin. Sorry I didn't notice the board action and the
> recommendation from trademarks.
> I don't think there's much left to discuss. The board and trademarks
> have made their policy clear. We (the incubator) should make podlings
> aware of the policy.
> I think "fork me on GitHub" is less contentious than it was 5 years
> ago, so whatever was decided then will suffice for now.
> Julian
> On Sat, Mar 28, 2020 at 3:38 PM Justin Mclean <> wrote:
>> Hi,
>>> I read the board@ thread and, unless I missed it, there was no edict from the
board to not say “fork me on GitHub”.
>> Did you note the board action and discussion in the board reports? Sally made some
alternative mock up to use (2015-01-21) I’m not sure what happened to those. There was suggestion
of a blog item on it, but I couldn’t find it.
>> Also this discussion one trademarks [1] (also private).
>> Thanks
>> Justin
>> 1.
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