[development] Slow down with the official releases of contrib already, ok? ; )

David Rothstein dmr37 at cornell.edu
Wed May 28 04:43:00 UTC 2008

On Tue, May 27, 2008 8:01 am, Earnie Boyd wrote:
> I think the best thing is to remove the confusion of what -dev means.
> A -dev release is only to be used to allow developers an easy method to
> know what the package will look like from an installation process. A
> -dev release isn't meant to be a "for general use" release.  The "big
> red "X"" is there because of this and ppl just need to stop using -dev
> for anything else.
> If you have a stable bug fix release then release it.  If you are
> planning more changes then wait and release it later.  The point of
> Derek's original mail was to say, don't let every CVS change be a new
> release if there are planned changes in the near future.  Planning is
> what should happen before a release is released.

Agreed, but I don't think it's obvious that this is due to lack of
education.  It could be, but it could also be that people are doing it
deliberately in order to get around existing limitations, as others have
suggested.  I guess the only way to find out is to ask.  I just looked
through the project list, found a few that seem to be creating official
releases way too frequently, and posted a support request in each to ask
why.  We'll see if they respond with any interesting explanations.

--David Rothstein

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