[development] Counting .info files [Was: Documenting contribs]

Chris Kennedy chrisken at mail.utexas.edu
Thu Oct 26 00:52:03 UTC 2006

The implication is valid though - how would the correct .info file be
determined for purposes of display on the project page? If you use the
default release authors will have to update releases just to change the
project description. Using HEAD is inaccurate if its functionality
differs significantly from that of the default release - the .info files
and the project page should independently be able to reflect these

I don't see the benefit to merging these two descriptions given that
they have different purposes.

Back to the original topic, I recommend that any project description
revisions be conducted as informal "reviews" that are posted to the
module's issue queue and can then be accepted, rejected, or modified by
the maintainer. This preserves the contributors' autonomy while
encouraging quality improvements. I do agree that the module
descriptions are often of poor quality.

Guidelines or best practices in module descriptions, via
http://drupal.org/node/7765, would also help without forcing changes
upon maintainers.


Derek Wright wrote:
> On Oct 25, 2006, at 5:23 PM, inkfree press wrote:
>> Nope.
>> I have a folder full of 4.7.x downloaded modules, and that's what I
>> searched. I have no idea what's in CVS.  I'm talking about what users
>> get if
>> they download a module: only 3 have such a file.
> this is obviously wrong.  those 3 .info files (in 4.7.x) are clearly a
> mistake, since the .info files don't mean anything to drupal 4.7.x
> core.  a) the maintainers of those 3 modules didn't know what they were
> doing, and b) you don't understand what you're really looking for.
> you need to (as tobias has already done) count the .info files in the
> DRUPAL-5 or HEAD branches of the contrib repository, since those are the
> only places where maintainers *should* add the .info files.
> make sense?
> cheers,
> -derek (dww)

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