[development] module duplication in Drupal contrib

Larry Garfield larry at garfieldtech.com
Wed Mar 19 15:25:36 UTC 2008

On Wed, 19 Mar 2008 11:25:40 -0300, "Greg Knaddison - GVS" <Greg at GrowingVentureSolutions.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> "Modules that duplicate functionality available from an existing
> module are damaging to the Drupal project."
> Please support or refute that statement and propose strategies for
> managing CVS applications and/or projects on Drupal.org in a way that
> will best help the Drupal project.
> I'm using "Drupal project" in a very loose sense so you should infer
> that it includes lots of groups of people like new users, site
> builders, contributors, drupal.org admins, the security team, etc.
> Thanks,
> Greg

Time spend "reinventing the wheel" (duplicating modules) is time not spent making the wheels we have better.  That results in 2-3-4 mediocre modules with one single point of failure instead of one good module with multiple possible maintainers.  That makes it more likely that a user will find a module inadequate, or that it will become abandoned leaving the user high and dry.  That's damaging both to Drupal-based sites and to Drupal's reputation.

I really need to get back to this issue at some point:


If someone else wants to take it over, please do.  A block like this needs to be very prominent on the site (or one of the sites after the redesign).

--Larry Garfield

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