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Old 07.08.2019, 11:04
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software jobs asking for github link

hi everyone!


while browsing around for jobs, I noticed that many are now asking for a link to a private work repository ("send us your cv, motivation letter, and github link")


what do you think of that?


personally:
- if I'm publishing something on github, it would be during my spare time, and thus my private property. I'm also not going to send them my social media account links or my knitting club membership card.

- github was taken over by microsoft last year. I don't know any of my friends who have kept their github account.
- during the last years (since way before 2008 when github was founded), all my contracts have clearly stated that any work I do, even during my spare time, including any patents etc, belongs to the employer.


(of course it's nice and comfortable to look at somebody's code before hiring them, I understand that)


do you have public repositories? how do you handle it? just hope your employer won't find out about it? special contracts?
how suspicious would it be to ask for an amendment?
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Re: software jobs asking for github link

They mean public repositories, not private ones!


I do have some public ones (eg. when I did some PRs to open source projects etc), I can easily prove that I contribute to OpenSource and that my chnges to get accepted and pushed upstream - this looks good


Also, github is de-facto standard, if you move from github to gitlab, bitbucket, or any other git repo where you have some public repos, just send a link to that - this will be no problem.
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Old 07.08.2019, 11:34
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They mean public repositories, not private ones!


I do have some public ones (eg. when I did some PRs to open source projects etc), I can easily prove that I contribute to OpenSource and that my chnges to get accepted and pushed upstream - this looks good


Also, github is de-facto standard, if you move from github to gitlab, bitbucket, or any other git repo where you have some public repos, just send a link to that - this will be no problem.

Good for you

Even contributing to open source projects would still not be allowed by any of the contracts I've had. All my contributions were from university times.
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Old 07.08.2019, 11:51
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what do you think of that?
Ive hired developers before and got the weirdest applications ever. Asking for a GitHub or similar link is for me one way to weed out the total loonies. If you are a developer with a proved track record in your CV (and references to call in a later stage of an application process) do I not think any sane person would make the repository a mandatory thing. But then again did I meet more than one HR person that I would not necessarily describe as sane and logical.
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Good for you

Even contributing to open source projects would still not be allowed by any of the contracts I've had. All my contributions were from university times.
Yes they would because most lawyers are absolutely clueless about who to write a clause that could actually be enforced and most developers have far to much believe in their own creativity. In reality there is very little original work being produced that developers could assert their ownership over.
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do you have public repositories? how do you handle it? just hope your employer won't find out about it? special contracts?
Yes, well over thirty. Most of my employers have known about them for the simple reason that they reviewed them as part of the recruitment process.

There is no need for special contracts for the simple reason that you are very unlikely to produce any work that you could claim ownership over and would be legal entitled to transfer that I ownership to someone else. You canít claim ownership to common coding practices, techniques or algorithms, so there is very little left.

There are very few cases in this area because they are unwinable. Itís far cheaper for the employer to simply buy you off than go down that road, if they really want to get exclusive access to it.
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