[development] adoption for 'abandoned' modules?
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Sun Jan 21 21:09:23 UTC 2007
On 21-Jan-07, at 1:02 AM, Darren Oh wrote:
> On Jan 20, 2007, at 10:31 PM, Angela Byron wrote:
>> Sorry, but I totally disagree with this.
>> Drupal.org provides a built-in means of contacting maintainers to
>> get support: issues tagged "support request" ... responsible
>> maintainers will be watching their issue queues and responding to
> Angela Byron is an exceptionally responsive developer. Not all
> responsible maintainers can constantly monitor their issue queues.
I'm not talking about constant monitoring. But issue queues are the
main mechanism where features and bug reports are posted. So yes, in
order to be a responsible maintainer you _do_ need to be keeping an
eye on your queues, or else turn on the feature in project module to
get mails sent to them when isues are posted.
I'm actually a horribly responsive developer when it comes to my
contrib modules. ;) But the second someone posts a, "Hey, looking for
a co-maintainer?" issue, I would either promote them, or else
respond, "No, I'm just really hitting a busy patch, but if you would
care to test some of these patches in the queue and mark them
appropriately, I'd really appreciate it." However, if the issue
instead languishes for 3 weeks with no response, it would be very
easy to make the case that "This maintainer is not taking care of
their issue queue," and have one of the Drupal admins make the switch.
OTOH, if you send me an e-mail, lots of things could've happened to
it: it could've been caught by a spam filter, it could've been an old
e-mail address that doesn't get a response anymore, it could've been
sent to one of my mail addresses that get filtered as mailing list
mails that I only occasionally check, etc. etc. Furthermore, an issue
is far preferable, because it could become a single request could
grow into a central rallying point for several people who have an
interest around a module to collaborate together to take care of it.
I've seen this happen with modules from time to time, such as
buddylist and privatemsg.
So yes, down with e-mail, up with issue queues. :)
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