[development] Module developers, please do *proper* releases !

Ivan Sergio Borgonovo mail at webthatworks.it
Mon Feb 18 13:33:14 UTC 2008

On Mon, 18 Feb 2008 14:01:44 +0100
Jakob Petsovits <jpetso at gmx.at> wrote:

> On Monday, 18. February 2008, Gregory 'guardian' Pakosz wrote:
> > to sum it up, ready when ready still applies
> > and said in a vulgar way, open source is not the excuse for being
> > messy/lazy/careless - because although it's open source and
> > you're doing it in you spare time etc, you have responsibilities
> > towards your user base

> You only have responsibilities towards your user base if you
> promised any features or maintenance. If you didn't, or even
> disclaim that any code that you put out into the wild just will
> suit your personal needs only (and be developed when you feel like
> it) then the original creator has just as much responsibility as
> the rest of the community that uses the code, that is, none.

> If you want the developer to bear responsibility then that's what
> service contracts are there for. The only responsibility all
> developers who upload code for public consumption is to make way
> for other people when they can't keep up serious maintenance
> anymore.

Well... modules are part of a larger project, they are hosted on
drupal infrastructure and advertised through drupal web site.
Not showing any interest towards the needs of drupal user base and
drupal infrastructure you diminish the value of drupal project.

Even if these things aren't written on any contract, there are still
expectations on which the user base evaluate the whole project and

I think it is in the right of drupal infrastructure team to impose
minimum requirement so that your module is hosted and advertised on
drupal infrastructure and associated with drupal project.

drupal project is free to impose or not impose any rule.
They do... and you'll have less developed modules.
They don't... and the the quality of modules will be lower.
All this reflects on the image and technical merits of drupal project
as a whole.

It doesn't look scandalous.

Ivan Sergio Borgonovo

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