Tron (TRX) and a meaningless metric of Github commits

A bombastic “news” from TRX community was blasted out today: Tron ranks first in Github commits per week among crypto coins. For someone who is not too knowledgeable in Github and coding this seems like something big – a proof that TRX is a top coin, has active team and is a sound investment.

But is it really like that?

Crypto community seems to have hopped on commits as a sign of how well a project is doing. That is very wrong thing to do.

GIT is a form of tracking changes to your code. It basically lets multiple people access a central chunk of what is usually code, and make alterations to it without stepping on each others toes.  There’s a bunch of other stuff GIT lets you do, but simplified its a way of being able to track changes to a document with multiple users messing with the document, including making branches of the main document for individual development.

GITHUB is just a website that works using GIT that has a lot of code. Most of it is opensource, and the idea there is that if you wanted to add some paragraphs from someone on GITHUB, you would just check out their GIT repository and add it to your document, more or less.

Commits mean nothing. A commit contains an arbitrary amount of code and the frequency of commits varies from developer to developer.

A Github commit could mean a lot of things, but there’s a chance that they don’t mean anything significant. A project may squash all commits into a single one and have important changes in it. On the other hand, you can also change trivial things like add spaces, comments in all files and have lots of commits/pushes.

Why does Tron have so many commits?

They’re probably putting lots of commits as they’re dividing a single task into a lot of smaller, different commits for debug purposes. If something goes astray, they can know exactly when and where it broke. It doesn’t necessarily mean they’re writing lots of code.

A lot of project teams use internal systems that operate in much the same way and then periodically update their github accounts with much larger commits. This is the case for many teams that are under one roof.

To conclude …

The number of commits doesn’t say much. Some people make massive changelists and commit in one go, others commit every little thing separately. Pushing news like this and make them seem like a big deal is just another trick from a pretty big marketing bag TRX seems to have.

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Rene Peters

Rene Peters

Rene Peters is editor-in-chief of CaptainAltcoin and is responsible for editorial planning and business development. After his training as an accountant, he studied diplomacy and economics and held various positions in one of the management consultancies and in couple of digital marketing agencies. He is particularly interested in the long-term implications of blockchain technology for politics, society and the economy.

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