…especially in these times of Ruby version transition.

..I have to go hunting for updated repositories, audit the code lightly to check if they’re high on crack or not and generally waste everyones time.

GitHub folks are very fine, but I do hold them accountable for transforming the Ruby package management landscape into whale guts, Linux model or otherwise. This is not the case where truth (any other truth than “gforge is a piece of shit but nobody will invest the time to rewrite it”) will emerge out of chaos.

The rubyforge gems model may not be perfect, but damnit people, when there’s a gem update I know that it has actually been tested somewhat and it’s not just whatever random point HEAD happens to be at, at that point in time, by some random Joe who just bought TextMate.

Well said.