[development] adoption for 'abandoned' modules?

Larry Garfield larry at garfieldtech.com
Thu Jan 11 16:25:23 UTC 2007

On Thu, 11 Jan 2007 06:48:47 -0800, Jill Elaine <jillsemail at bendbroadband.com> wrote:

> As maintainers of modules, what do you think this procedure should be?
> For instance, with your module, what would you like to see happen if you
> were 'run over by a truck' and disappeared from the Drupal world?
> ** What would be a reasonable set of steps so that your module continued
> to be maintained?

Try to get a hold of me via my contact tab, this list, and/or #Drupal.  (Some busy maintainers may mention that they're disappearing for a while but will be back in IRC, and someone may remember that.)   Some module readme files also contain contact info that can be used.

> ** What is a reasonable length of time to wait for a response from you?

Most contact attempts can probably be replied to within a week.  I think a month is a not-unreasonable amount of time before someone can be considered "potentially dead".  

> ** Who should be contacted if your profile is set to 'no contact'?

Site admins can contact someone even if they're contact tab is off.  That said, I personally think it's irresponsible to have the contact tab off if you are actively maintaining a module.

> ** What else needs to be considered here?

What lack of contact is considered dead?  No contact at all?  Just no issue queue progress?  What's the difference between vanishing and just vanishing from the issue queue for that module, but not others?  Or not from working on core?  What about temporary adoption if someone is going to be away for several months for some reason (long vacation, military service, etc.)?

--Larry Garfield

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