I wasn't sure what to expect when I saw this thread with a New tag on it. Gab is so obviously a haven for white supremacists, conspiracy theorists, and other nutcases, but this was a Darren-started thread and I thought he might be back on the site and didn't want to start a fight.
But yeah, Gab's been hacked a couple of times, and they don't seem to understand proper security, and the guy who runs it, Andrew Torba, has been basically daring hackers to try it again.
A little while back I ran across a twitter account called ParlerTakes that was highlighting the worst of what was found on Parler. Since then, the account rebranded to PatriotTakes and grew to show what kind of hatred, ignorance, and plain lies are found on multiple alt-right / white supremacist / bigot sites, including Parler, Gab, TheDonald, and a slew of Telegram groups. And I gotta say, between what I've read there and in r/ParlerWatch, I'm not interested in partaking in the "open-minded" discussion found at these sites, especially given how viciously people with a different view are treated.
Yeah, cloning the branch and trying it out locally is what we do quite a bit, too. With GitLab we get "review app" links, so we can point our UI at a copy of the APIs that includes the requested changes, so we can see both what the APIs return directly and how our UI interacts with them.
Sometimes the pieces of work we're doing are just bigger, and then we make sure that our commit history helps our teammates understand what we did, when, and why. "Clean history" is a real mantra here, and I gotta say, going back through commits from six months or more ago to figure out why something was changed from X to Y is a lot easier with clean histories. Lotsa "git rebase --interactive"s going on.
I'm sure the MR size will decrease again once we're past the current bit of work, we're all saying at our sprint retrospectives that we need to cut our work into smaller, more manageable pieces. Thing is, we try to do vertical slices so that every story can be verified through the UI, and the kinds of things we're adding in right now are very complex behind the scenes. Workflow engines and the like.