[development] Mischievous registration of projects

Thomas Barregren thomas at webbredaktoren.se
Sat Dec 1 10:56:31 UTC 2007

@David: Fair enough.

@Roman, @Karoly: I don't suggest any changes to the registration 
process. I simply suggest that we, as a community, put the foot down, 
and make a clear statement that mischievous registration of CVS modules 
and d.o. projects will be frown upon.

@Darrel: I agree that "it is perfectly fair to grab your namespace, as 
long as you have some code or something alpha." I only object to 
registrations of CVS modules without fairly code or d.o. projects 
without any releases.

@Earnie: Prevention is better than cure. But of course, even with an 
explicit policy against it, unfair registration of CVS modules and d.o. 
projects will still happen  -- but hopefully less frequently than today 
-- and in that case the takeover of a project, as you suggest, is a way 
out of it.

During my 2 yeas and 44 weeks as member of this community, I have 
closely monitored http://drupal.org/taxonomy/term/14. Up till recently, 
unfair registrations was almost never seen. But for a couple of months 
ago, a rush into the land of good (?) module and project names took off. 
Currently, it is no big deal, just a name or two every week. But I am 
concerned that this, in my opinion, misuse can unfold to a real problem.

Maybe I am the only one who has this concern. But if not, I suggest that 
the CVS Usage Policy <http://drupal.org/node/103704> strongly express 
that registrations of CVS modules without also checking in fairly code 
will be frown upon, and that the Submit Project form 
<http://drupal.org/node/add/project_project/> strongly express that 
registrations of projects without also making a release node is 


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