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How do I stop people from opening questions in the issue tracker?

I'm a collaborator in a pretty popular open source project hosted on GitHub. We have a problem where people constantly show up in the issue tracker and post questions about the library. Dealing with ...
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Can I change the caps to lowercase in licenses?

The well-known MIT (or "X11/MIT" license reads): Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "...
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When should I consider creating a private fork of a suitably licensed project for commercial use?

Suppose I am developing a commercial product, but one heavily based on open source software. Further suppose one of the open source projects I use has a permissive license (such as Apache 2). At some ...
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How do I structure my project in an inviting way? [closed]

When I work on new libraries and tools I potentially would like them to get contributors and activity. However, I'm not sure what I could to in order to encourage more participation. As a project ...
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How can I recover content from an open source project host that has shut down?

Codehaus shut down earlier this year. Many projects that were hosted there, including JIRA pages like this one, are now broken. What can I do to access all the lost content of projects that were ...
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Do software patents for common formats (gif, mp3, h264) apply globally? [closed]

I've been told that I should not use some format because it's patented (gif, mp3, h264). I'm not a U.S. citizen but from E.U. Do these patents apply to me? Are they global? U.S. specific? Or is it ...
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How do I choose a suitable license for my academic software? [closed]

I'm in academia and I think that as a matter of principle, my code should be open source. It's not likely to have a lot of users. It might have none other than myself. I have it published on github, ...
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How can I determine if two open source licenses are compatible with each other?

Given two open source projects, each with different licenses, are there metrics or resources I can use to determine if it is legitimate to copy code from one of the projects to the other?

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