How Open Integrity uses Gitlab?

Gitlab is an open source version of Github. (It's easy to forget that Github is not itself open source, given how much it has done to support the development of open source software). Gitlab has some useful collaboration features, and we're excited about leveraging them in new ways. We've started using it internally to manage our documentation, for example, and even some aspects of project management. In line with the early work we've done with Open Integrity (and the wiki) we're excited to use open source tools to manage our project transparently and collaboratively.

Collaborate only by email if you want!

The key feature in our eyes is the ability to interact with Gitlab using only email. That's a very low barrier to participate in conversations. In fact each and every issue in Gitlab is a small mailing list to which you can subscribe and un-subscribe simply using email back and forth. We can also invite other users to participate in threads with @mention tags in the way Twitter made popular, which makes it a pretty good alternative to traditional mailing lists.

Freely subscribe and unsubscribe to threads that you want to participate in

In addition, issues are fairly flexible so if conversations start going in several different directions, rather than unsubscribing, we can just create a new issue and allow interested participant to choose which topic to continue to follow. We think that the key to fluid collaboration (and collective intelligence) is to properly allow participants to manage their own signal to noise ratio and have focused conversations where everyone is participating and engaged.

Even better, we're using labels extensively to categorise our work and you can subscribe to labels in order to be sure to get alerted when new information is posted about a topic that interests you.

Collaborate on documents

Even fancier, when aiming to work jointly towards a more formal statement, document or specification, Gitlab allows to discuss edits to a document in a way (called pull requests or merge requests) that is in our opinion better than wikis and only missing more real-time features which in our case are less of a priority. As respected others put it:

Pull requests are much easier to work with than most wiki systems. They make it clear that people are notified about changes and contributions are discussed (with line comments) before being committed.

We've also supported the development of a port of Prose to Gitlab and the addition of collaborative features in order to make participation even more noise free (Gitlab is after all a tool for developers and its interface contains a lot of options that are not needed simply to engage in conversations or collaborate on documents and specifications).

Privacy and encryption

If you have any concerns about the privacy of our email-based exchanges, you can login directly to the Gitlab platform via HTTPS. And, of course, if you want to learn more about any of this and how we host this server, please feel free to ask. If you're interested in supporting PGP support for Gitlab get in touch with us.

GitLab Community Edition

GitLab is open source software to collaborate on code.
Manage git repositories with fine-grained access controls that keep your code secure.
Perform code reviews and enhance collaboration with merge requests.
Each project can also have an issue tracker and a wiki.
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Shortcuts to GitLab's most visited docs:

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Quick start guide API
Configuring .gitlab-ci.yml SSH authentication
Using Docker images GitLab Pages

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User account

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Git and GitLab

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  • Restart GitLab: Learn how to restart GitLab and its components.
  • Update: Update guides to upgrade your installation.

User permissions



  • Integrations: How to integrate with systems such as JIRA, Redmine, Twitter.
  • Koding: Set up Koding to use with GitLab.
  • Mattermost: Set up GitLab with Mattermost.




Admin tools

  • Gitaly: Configuring Gitaly, GitLab's Git repository storage service
  • Raketasks: Backups, maintenance, automatic webhook setup and the importing of projects.
  • Reply by email: Allow users to comment on issues and merge requests by replying to notification emails.
  • Repository checks: Periodic Git repository checks.
  • Repository storage paths: Manage the paths used to store repositories.
  • Security: Learn what you can do to further secure your GitLab instance.
  • System hooks: Notifications when users, projects and keys are changed.


Contributor documentation