I have now started to regularly experience what I will class as the ‘SourceForge Mirage Effect.’ Let me explain this phenomenon with a common scenario:
You then decide to head to the mecca of Open Source projects, SourceForge. After choosing a few choice search terms, you click the ‘Search’ button and BAM! The search results come back, and there at the top of your list is Xyz4J. You take a look at the description, and it sounds perfect. Xyz4J has everything you’re looking for – and more. Now, just as your expectations have been built up, you click on the project name, and are taken to the project page where you are greeted with the following information:
Activity Percentile (last week): 0%
This Project Has Not Released Any Files
CVS Repository ( 0 commits, 0 adds )
You’ve just experienced the SourceForge Mirage Effect.
My one request to the SourceForge team: Add a checkbox on the main page search for ‘Only search projects with released files.’