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

Michelle Cox shellmultimedia at gmail.com
Fri May 30 16:12:06 UTC 2008

On Fri, May 30, 2008 at 10:23 AM, Larry Garfield <larry at garfieldtech.com>

> One of the issues with -dev is that some module maintainers use it for
> "mostly stable but I've not fully debugged it yet, please test", while
> others use it for "dude, it doesn't even compile, it's got syntax errors all
> over the place, wtf are you using it for?"  And there's no way to tell which
> is which, and it can even change over time in the same module.
> What if we allowed non-pattern-compliant branches, but did not permit the
> creation of release nodes?  That would allow those with more CVS-fu to do
> all kinds of wacky "me only" experimental branches but people who still get
> all their code from drupal.org/projects/* won't even have a way to get to
> it until it goes into the "main, kinda stable, needs testing" -dev branch
> (which module maintainers don't even have to make release nodes for if they
> don't want to, as now).

I can't speak for the more experienced maintainers, but this sounds
complicated and over my head. :) My devs tend to fall somewhere in the
middle of those two extremes and I simply document that on the project page.
Maybe we should just encourage people to put a note on their pages saying
how _they_ feel about the state of their dev snapshots so potential users
can decide which they'd rather use?

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