We lost 3800 stars on Github in 1 click 😭

Yesterday was my worst day for a very long time. We spent so much time promoting our Qovery Engine to the open-source community and getting those ~3800 stars. I woke up and discovered that we had lost all the stars and forks from our repository. But what happened?

Romaric Philogène

Romaric Philogène

December 2, 2021 · 2 min read
We lost 3800 stars on Github in 1 click 😭 - Qovery
Written byRomaric Philogène

Romaric Philogène

CEO and co-founder of Qovery. Romaric has 10+ years of experience in R&D. From the Ad-Tech to the financial industry, he has deep expertise in highly-reliable and performant systems.

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Never switch public repository to private

Our team leaked an API key in a Git commit during maintenance and was immediately alerted by GitGuardian. To revert that change and clean up the git history, Pierre decided to switch our repository from public to private until our team fixed it. Never do that! We just lost all the stars and the forks of our repo when switching back to public 😭.

Pierre sadly announce the lost of the Github stars
Pierre sadly announce the lost of the Github stars

The Github support

Well, we desperately tried to contact GitHub support. And we receive this response...

We are completely f*cked up...
We are completely f*cked up...

Please, help us!

We face an unusual situation, and we ask for your help! There are two ways of helping:

  1. I am sure Github can do something about that, but they don't want to bother. Can you share this story with your friends working at Github? If someone working there can help, they can contact us via hello {at} qovery {dot} com. I will send you a super Qovery swag pack with a great bottle of French red wine 🍷 (I promise it will be excellent!).
  2. If you like what we are doing at Qovery - please give us a star ⭐️. You can read this Reddit post when I announced the open-source launch of our Qovery Engine.

I hope this post will help you never make the same error as we did!

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Update on the 6th of December 2021

The community is lovely 🤩 Thank you all for your fantastic support. We received support from people all around the world. It is crazy. Thank you, thank you, thank you. We almost reached 1k stars again - please keep supporting us with a star ⭐️. GitHub is also considering this incident, and I feel they tried their best to solve our issue.

Message received by Kara - DevRel @ GitHub (Thank you Kara for your support)
Message received by Kara - DevRel @ GitHub (Thank you Kara for your support)

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