"GitLab plans to automatically delete projects if they've been inactive for a year and are owned by users of its free tier." says The Register.
"GitLab is aware of the potential for angry opposition to the plan, and will therefore give users weeks or months of warning before deleting their work. A single comment, commit, or new issue posted to a project during a 12-month period will be sufficient to keep the project alive."
(This is not the place to vent your feelings pro or con about this policy. I'm sure gitlab has official forums or whatever for that)
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