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Ben Balter

@benbalter

Ben Balter is a Staff Technical Program Manager at GitHub, the world’s largest software development network. Previously, as the Senior Product Manager overseeing the platform’s Trust and Safety efforts, Ben shipped more than 500 features in support of community management, privacy, compliance, content moderation, product security, platform health, and open source workflows to ensure the GitHub community and platform remained safe, secure, and welcoming for all software developers. Before joining GitHub’s Product team, Ben served as GitHub’s Government Evangelist, leading the efforts to encourage more than 2,000 government organizations across 75 countries to adopt open source philosophies for code, data, and policy development.

New tools for open source maintainers

We're making it easier for maintainers to grow healthy open source communities on GitHub with minimized comments, retired namespaces for popular projects, and new pull request requirements.

Use any theme with GitHub Pages

Use any theme with GitHub Pages

Several years ago, Jekyll, the open source project that powers GitHub Pages, introduced shared themes. Since then, you have been able to use about a dozen themes to change the…

SUPPORT file support

SUPPORT file support

You write software so that others can use it, but no software is perfect, and sometimes users have questions or run into trouble. To better direct users to dedicated support…

Relative links for GitHub pages

You've been able to use relative links when authoring Markdown on GitHub.com for a while. Now, those links will continue to work when published via GitHub Pages. If you have…

GitHub Pages now runs Jekyll 3.2

As promised, GitHub Pages has been upgraded to Jekyll 3.2. The move to Jekyll 3.2 brings over 100 improvements including the introduction of Gem-based themes. You can begin using the…

GitHub Pages to upgrade to Jekyll 3.2

GitHub Pages will upgrade to Jekyll 3.2 on August 23rd. The upgrade to Jekyll 3.2 comes with over 100 improvements including the introduction of themes, meaning that soon, you'll be…

GitHub Pages to upgrade to Jekyll 3.1.4

GitHub Pages will upgrade to the soon-to-be-released Jekyll 3.1.4 on May 23rd. The Jekyll 3.1.x branch brings significant performance improvements to the build process, adds a handful of helpful Liquid…

Easier feeds for GitHub Pages

If you publish a blog using GitHub pages, it's now easier for others to subscribe to updates. The Jekyll Feed plugin, now available to all GitHub Pages sites, can automatically…

Improving map data on GitHub

You've been able to view and diff geospatial data on GitHub for a while, but now, in addition to being able to collaborate on the GeoJSON files you upload to…