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In 2008 Jeff announced the plans for a wmd open source project, progress was made, then drobbins picked up for a few months and stuff seemed to progress for a while.

Since then there have been 6-7 forks, but it does appear this project has no leadership.

Does SO plan to contribute back to any of the wmd branches? (or is WMD special sauce?) Which one of the branches does SO sanction?

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http://code.google.com/p/pagedown/ now host the completely refactored version of WMD; it's identical to the version running here except for a few Stack Exchange specific things (spoilers, syntax highlighting hints and so on).

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Honestly, I haven't had time to work on this at all, and Dana has been busy with other stuff.

Anyway, I asked Dana to make me an admin to the Google Code project and I checked in the latest GitHub derobins code into the repository:

http://code.google.com/p/wmd-new/source/browse/

There have been a few small SO changes I need to fold in, but they're relatively minor. I'll try to get to that sometime over the next few months.

Feel free to submit patches.

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  • perhaps change the version control on google code to mercurial, it will make it much easier for people to submit patches. – waffles Jan 19 '10 at 19:29
  • @waffles I don't even have mercurial installed, so I think you should submit patches for now using the subversion patch facility -- just attach the .patch file to the issue page: code.google.com/p/wmd-new/issues/list – Jeff Atwood Jan 19 '10 at 19:50
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Isn't this basically the equivalent of the markdownsharp code project, except under different ownership?

There's no tests for it though. Or wiki, but that's what you get from using github

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