Reply to post: kik package still unused after nearly 3 years

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Hans Acker

kik package still unused after nearly 3 years

Great article which I am stumbling across nearly 3 years later. It's interesting to note that Kik never did publish a package under the name that started the whole fiasco. What ever happened to the "open source project" they were working on?

In fact, npm says this about the kik package: "This package name is not currently in use, but was formerly occupied by a popular package. To avoid malicious use, npm is hanging on to the package name, but loosely, and we'll probably give it to you if you want it."

It'd be interesting to see an editorial follow up as to what happened to the parties involved.

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