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My prime question is: is there a proper way/website to share a package or a class of our own?

If the question is too generic, I can try to refine it a little bit: what is the best way to get some alpha-testers for a new package or class before trying to share it on CTAN or similar?

Context

I write classes and packages from time to time.

Sometimes, we can find posts like Alternatives to the physics package or Physics replacement effort, where people discuss their own implementations that could be shared through a package or a class.

I doubt that the TeX - LaTeX Stack Exchange is the right place to post a link to a GitHub repository or similar platform. Also, I'm not sure that we can send something directly to CTAN (or any other stuff) without having some alpha-testers.

  • This is the first time I'm psting a question. So please tell me if I'm doing something wrong or if I'm out of the scope. – Alexandre Quenon Oct 4 '19 at 10:15
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    You might propose them to CTAN. – Bernard Oct 4 '19 at 10:30
  • You could post it at codereview.SE (and perhaps advertise your question in the chat room of this site). The author of the tikzducks apparently did that too: codereview.stackexchange.com/q/171782 – LaTeXer Oct 4 '19 at 11:07
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    I don't see why you can't share your package on github/gitlab/etc... to serve your purpose. I actually find it useful: for example, I use europecv2013 class, which is not on CTAN, but by cloning the repo in my texmf folder, I only need to git pull to get the latest updates. On the other side, I don't think that sharing the github repo link in a question here on TeX.SE may be appropriate, just to let people knwo that it exists. But you can always look for questions that may be answered by your package, and provide your input. – Alessandro Cuttin Oct 4 '19 at 14:24
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Here follows a summary based on the comments that I received. I will edit it if I receive more answers.

Step 1: GitHub

Post on GitHub: easy to share, tracking. People can simply git pull the repository in their local LaTeX distribution to get the latest updates.

Step 2: answer/question on TeX.SE

Try to find questions for which your class or package could be helpful. This is a way to get alpha-testers who need to solve a specific issue.

You could also share the GitHub link by posting a question. To be confirmed by moderators.

Step 3: CTAN

The last step is to post your package/class on CTAN. This is the best way to distribute your package/class to all LaTeX users.

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