@tobtobxx GitLab.com hosts a proprietary GitLab Enterprise Edition, which is not equal to GitLab, the Free self-hosted Software. Developers who are using GitLab.com are using a non-free software tool, hosted behind Cloudflare.
Yeah, it's understandable. GitLab is so complicated anyway. I checked its install instructions once and it had steps after steps of instructions. But Gitea's looked simpler.
It was a good choice. I need the software to get out of the way, not control my workflow. It's just a source code repo after all. It is not as minimal as sourcehut that I need to relearn some of the stuff, and not too complex or full of features I don't need. Very suitable to build a community project.