[development] Contrib longevity

Larry Garfield larry at garfieldtech.com
Wed Jan 31 04:22:27 UTC 2007

And on an entirely different topic, I've a question for the other contrib 
maintainers out there.

With Drupal 5 out, most modules are or will be upgraded to it.  Drupal 4.7 
itself is in maintenance mode.  What about contribs for it?  

If you maintain a contrib module, will you be providing just bug fixes for the 
4.7 version after your 5 version is released?  Will you maintain feature 
development on both?  If so, for how long?  

Mostly I'm asking to see if there's a consensus on what the "responsible 
maintainer" thing to do is, since I've a few modules that I'm in the process 
of upgrading and I'm not how long I should bother to deal with feature 
requests for the 4.7 versions.  (I figure it goes without saying that bug 
fixes for 4.7 for as long as Drupal 4.7 gets bug fixes is "the responsible 
thing to do".)

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