[development] adoption for 'abandoned' modules?

Scott McLewin drupal at mclewin.com
Fri Jan 19 16:20:22 UTC 2007

As I read the follow-on suggestions for how to detect abandoned modules 
it strikes me that the structured data initially proposed at the top of 
this thread makes sense to collect.  One of the suggested fields 
described a module specific inactivity window.

I maintain a relatively backwater module, Wishlist.  With the exception 
of last December when once person entered ten or so issues, it goes 
months without updates or issues as the module is not super 
complicated.  I pretty much touch when Drupal core goes through a rev.  
Commit and issue inactivity does not imply abandoned in cases like mine.

What is the opposition to asking maintainers a few questions about how 
to contact them in the event that their module is perceived as abandoned 
and asking for some general 'timeout' values?  This would be information 
that only the d.o admins would see, correct? 

Collect it as part of the project form so that the maintainers could 
return to edit over time as the module matures.   I'm not suggesting 
that this be added to project module either - a side module that uses 
form_alter on the project module's entry screen and stores the data in a 
dedicated table would keep this nicely separated.


Darren Oh wrote:
> On Jan 19, 2007, at 10:45 AM, Jason Flatt wrote:
>> There are many modules that don't need a whole lot of modification, 
>> and if the release cycles are 6-12 months, it would be easy for a 
>> module that is maintained to get incorrectly flagged.
> In that case, we should add the following two conditions to determine 
> whether a module is being maintained: 1) Are there active issues more 
> than three months old, and if so, 2) has the maintainer responded to 
> any issues within the last three months?

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