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

Victor Kane victorkane at gmail.com
Mon Feb 18 18:44:24 UTC 2008

While I agree with the substance of what your are saying here, I would be
careful with the word "marginalize".

While I would strongly support a default filter that only includes stable
releases (which is reasonable, and would be a big help for everyone, as
would the oft-discussed points system, which admittedly would be hard to
implement), you still want to encourage people to publish dev versions of
modules, without putting a time limit on how long it takes for a stable
version of that module to come out (for a whole variety of reasons discussed

People should not use modules which don't have stable releases, as Miles

But a stable, active, development community needs to encourage experimental
modules also, many of them need the involvement of the community in order to
flourish. And sometimes that takes time, also. So I think "marginalize" is a
poor choice of words.

But definitely, non-developer users should be steered clear of experimental
work which is mainly of interest to developers.


Victor Kane

On Feb 18, 2008 4:16 PM, Moshe Weitzman <weitzman at tejasa.com> wrote:

> The Drupal Association and the Security have discussed off and on how
> to improve the security of Contrib and the effectiveness of our update
> mechanism. And you are right that we are considering changes to how
> modules without stable releases are listed on drupal.org. We also
> discussed how update module should handle them. You can bet that any
> changes we make will further marginalize these modules, since they
> operate outside of update module which is a very bad thing.
> On Feb 18, 2008 11:56 AM, Xavier Bestel <xavier.bestel at free.fr> wrote:
> >
> > On Mon, 2008-02-18 at 08:49 -0800, Earl Miles wrote:
> > > Ashraf Amayreh wrote:
> > > > Sometime I think this should become a requirement rather than
> something
> > > > optional, all current dev releases could be promoted to a first
> release
> > > > and new dev releases banned.
> > >
> > > No, because during active development it is really convenient to have
> > > the -dev releases available.
> > >
> > > I agree that it is inconvenient that sloppy module maintainers do not
> > > create releases. However, this is my philosophy:
> > >
> > > If the maintainer of the module is sloppy enough as to not be able to
> > > provide proper releases, despite the existence of a good release
> > > mechanism, then I have little reason to trust that module developer's
> code.
> > >
> > > i.e, I think people simply should not use these modules.
> >
> > But then, these modules should be filtered out of the modules list on
> > drupal.org, unless one ticks an "include unreleased modules" checkbox.
> > That would help greatly in building a module set.
> >
> >         Xav
> >
> >
> >
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