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

Angela Byron drupal-devel at webchick.net
Mon Feb 18 21:58:58 UTC 2008

Greg Knaddison - GVS wrote:

> If you believe someone needs to manage a module differently then
> consider contacting the maintainer and saying to them:
> "Thank you for this module.  I find it very useful.  I would like to
> see a 'stable 1.0 release' of this module.  Is there some way that I
> can help you to confirm that it is stable enough that it's ready for
> that 1.0 release?  Are there some issues that need testing?"
> I think in most cases that the module developer will be so overjoyed
> at getting positive feedback and an offer of help (you have to follow
> up on the offer, of course) that they will use your help and quickly
> get the module to a 1.0 state.  Testing is something that everyone can
> help with and will make the developer's life much easier which will
> make them more likely to release the 1.0.  If they don't respond,
> maybe they have lost interest in the project.  Then you could take it
> over and create the all important 1.0 release.

Enormous, blinking, flaming, marquee +1 to this. An even bigger and more 
flashy -1 to all the other proposals about introducing more process or 
rules here.

I've never once been refused by any developer when I've used this 
approach, and a couple times I've either ended up educating someone on 
how the release system works (which then resulted in more official 
releases), or I've ended up with co-maintainer rights, and able to make 
the changes to the module that I needed for a client.


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