Spring Thing 2021 question: Does a Github repo constitute a release?

Welcome to 2021 everybody!
My New Years resolution today was to write my first piece of parser IF.

I’m aiming to get it ready to be a submission to Spring Thing 2021.

The situation is this: Spring Thing rules say the game should be finished and tested. I hope to point testers to a public Github repository so they can get the latest code. My worry would be that I would disqualify myself by violating this clause:

Your work is considered unreleased if it has never been available for download at a public URL.

If the README of my public Github repo gives installation and play instructions for my testers, does that also not constitute a release under this definition?

Apologies to @aaronius if this gets to him late :slight_smile:

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Hi Tundish, thanks for the interest. Yes, if the work is publicly available anywhere before the festival opens, including a Github repo, it doesn’t qualify for entry. You may be able to get around this issue by making your repo private/invite-only, and using a landing page other than the README of the repo to attract tester interest. This forum has also historically been a good place to look for testers!

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Hi Aaron,

OK then, that does present something of a challenge but I’ll proceed accordingly.

Thanks for your prompt reply, and Happy New Year :smiley: