Sexy headlines of companies becoming overnight viral successes reach our eyeballs every day. But the reality is that a lot of businesses rely on systematically sending cold emails to grow. Quite a few lead finders specialize in identifying “companies between 51 and 200 employees in the automotive industry”. But what if you’re looking for something more specific?
A Small GitLab Integration
I have a productivity tool for GitLab.com and GitLab EE Self-Hosted which assists teams of programmers during their stand-ups. Company size and industry don’t matter – the few programmers that they employ just have to be using GitLab. Let’s try to develop a filter to identify them.
One way to do it is to imagine what people are saying and try to match that. A way that actually works though, is browsing through a thousand threads and learning.
So I set out to learn.
I started with a simple filter:
This resulted in over 300 hits per day.
My results on one screen, a notepad on the second and a draft of this post on third, I set out to go through all of them.
There are two approaches.
Eliminating False Positives
The first approach will focus on what to exclude.
I want to help teams improve their daily stand-ups. Open source projects are irrelevant. And besides, everybody knows, you should never sell to hobbyists. Let’s try to identify, and exclude them.
The first thing I noticed is a bunch of posts by a bot on Reddit:
That little “source code” link? It points to
https://gitlab.com/juergens/stabbot, which matches our filter.
Another way to spot an open source project is a link to its issues, e.g.
Or to its code:
In fact, I realised that all links to
https://gitlab.com/ were pointing to open source projects.
My filter thus became:
gitlab NOT `https://gitlab.com/`
It still matches a lot of false positives. But at least I know that I won’t miss anything relevant. Tomorrow I’ll stand a better chance against the, now tamed, influx of posts.
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Just The Needles From The Haystacks Please
The second approach will focus on specific phrases someone we want to reach out to will use.
As I was weeding out irrelevant hits, the number of my browser tabs with valuable hits kept growing.
Here are a few posts by people who clearly are programmers using GitLab in their day job. I hilighted phrases that, hopefully, will match threads similar to them in the future:
Problem was with authorized_keys file. Find Issue in https://docs.gitlab.com/ee/administration/operations/fast_ssh_key_lookup.html
I am migrating projects to Gitlab.com from a hosted Gitlab-ce
I am working on using GitLab CI/runners to push my site to S3 and invalidate files on cloud front.
I want to store the vendor manually and lftp replace only changed file or new file of this directory (changes only). how to do it? My gitlab-ci.yml command is:
For the ease, I have created a common group runner. My question is, how may jobs can a a single group runner can handle? What is the best runner strategy for having less queue for **CI/CD **?
Hi, we’re using Gitlab CI/CD on gitlab.com with a connected Kubernetes cluster. Until recently, we ran on Azure, but have now decided to switch over to digitalocean.
I find a way to fix it. I had to edit manually the database as in https://gitlab.com/gitlab-org/omnibus-gitlab/issues/4085. First, connect to the database: sudo gitlab-psql -d gitlabhq_production Second, delete the column: ALTER TABLE services DROP COLUMN deployment_events;
Triggered pipeline should contain remote yaml, example: include: remote: https://gitlab.instance.example**/api/v4/**projects/N/repository/files/ci.yaml/raw?ref=REFERENCE&private_token=TOKEN&.yaml […] Tested on gitlab 12.2.4 and 12.4.2
And many more, but we’ll stop here. Let’s assemble our excellent, evidence-based filters:
gitlab \`/api/v4/\` gitlab \` 12.\` gitlab \`ci/cd\` gitlab \`runner\` gitlab kubernetes migrating "to gitlab" \`https://gitlab.com/gitlab-org/\` \`https://docs.gitlab.com/\` \`gitlab-ci.yml\`
These will have almost no false positives in them, perfect for the busy, although you might miss a post every now and again.
Designing a good filter is never a one-and-done job. If you want it to stay sharp you have to maintain it like you would your kitchen knife. But if you do, you’ll never complain about a lack of people to reach out to again. Your customers are out there, waiting for you to help them.