02/15/2017 (Wed) 05:29:25
Regarding 502s and other errors: Walrus took down torvalds.xyz pending captcha support to stop spam. I finished reCAPTCHA apps on Friday and we are just waiting on Walrus to install them on torvalds.xyz. I let him know but haven't heard back yet.https://github.com/tokumeico/tokumei-recaptcha>>7922
Tokumei is werc-based and is forked from my previous werc project Scholarly which was in turn forked from my previous werc project werchan. There is not much Scholarly or werchan code left in Tokumei.
Walrus is the admin of the torvalds.xyz instance but not a Tokumei developer.
We offer commercial services including custom feature development. Captcha is just an example of a feature someone might pay us to implement for them. But Tokumei is free software and there is nothing stopping those who are capable from implementing new features themselves. Commercial service customers are not paying for existing software, they are hiring us to write new software for them. We are not hiding a captcha app behind a paywall, we just didn't have the resources or incentive to make one for free.
Walrus didn't know how to implement captcha so I did it myself. I did it for free because torvalds.xyz is presently the only public Tokumei instance so it being rendered unusable by spam hurts Tokumei too. I provide free extended support to torvalds.xyz too. Since we are quite busy (Tokumei is two full-time students already working part-time) and we weren't being paid to implement captcha, it took some time. But we are not deliberately holding torvalds.xyz hostage to make money.