Why are private repositories not allowed?

The Github app description says “Private repositories will be silently ignored.” and the ToS say “You’re not allowed to use The Service with private GitHub repositories.”

I was wondering what the reason is for that?

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  • Debugging the public instance without accidentally seeing proprietary secrets

  • It increases the number of people who self-host, which helps keep that process well-tested and documented

  • I might eventually offer for-pay bors for private repos, and taking away free private repos after offering it for years would be crappy publicity

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