Just as the title says, can you delete a project on SourceForge?


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From their wiki:

Removing a Project

At SourceForge.net, we feel a commitment to ensuring the long-term availability of the Open Source code released by the projects we host. We will weigh requests for project removal against the community value of leaving the project intact.

When we receive a request for project removal, we consider the following:

  • Has the project been registered less than 90 days? If so, the project will not be removed.
  • Has the project released files? If not, we will honor the removal request.
  • Does the request include legal justification, such as mention of a DMCA violation, trademark infringement or Terms of Service abuse problem related to the project? If it does, we consider this on a case-by-case basis.
  • Has the project merged with another project on SourceForge.net? If the project has been merged and all project materials (CVS/Subversion repository data, mailing lists, file releases) have been moved to the new project, we'll honor the removal request.
  • Projects which have moved to another hosting provider are typically retained at SourceForge.net (though you can make a note on the project web site and project summary page directing users to the new home) for sake of retaining materials of historical value.
  • Projects that are moving to closed source do not qualify for removal.
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    So basically if you have written content that is valuable to the community, regardless if you want to get rid of it, it is there to stay, unless of course it is some kind of plagiarism or being moved to another location on the site. Commented Sep 21, 2014 at 12:30
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    WTF sourceForge ! , I can't remove my own project, and you keep sending users viruses and maleware on my files !
    – Amr Lotfy
    Commented Jun 19, 2015 at 11:40
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    @AmrLotfy exactly my problem. They should check if it has been moved to another (less evil) provider and honor the project owner's request. 'Historical value' my foot. I don't want anything I write to be bundled up in adware because of 'historical value', and I have a copyright on code I write - SF.net does not.
    – Wyatt Ward
    Commented Feb 6, 2016 at 3:14
  • @Wyatt8740: "I have a copyright on code I write - SF.net does not" - by placing your code under an open source license, you have, in most cases, explicitly granted others the right to redistribute your code. Commented Sep 14, 2016 at 21:48
  • @O.R.Mapper Sure, in unmodified form. An open source license could just as well be one saying "Here's the code, you may not modify this code or use it in your own projects", or specifically state that it "cannot be distributed alongside other software in binary or source form" and have it be technically "open source", just not "free software" in the Stallman sense. If they bundled my software with their adware crap, and implicated my hard work into their profit-milking, then they are defaming me and my project, and violating my license.
    – Wyatt Ward
    Commented Sep 19, 2016 at 2:52

Yes, just go to the project page, select the "Metadata" option in the menu on the left of the page and then click on "Delete project". A popup will show up asking you to type "DELETE" in order to confirm your action. After that, your project will enter a deletion queue.

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