[Project_owners] New Adoption Policy proposal

eric.jung at yahoo.com eric.jung at yahoo.com
Thu Aug 2 15:05:20 PDT 2007


Why not spawn a new project based on the old one? This is what Wladamir Palant did with AdBlock Plus (see http://adblockplus.org/en/history). 



----- Original Message ----
From: Scott <sgrayban at gmail.com>
To: Mozdev Project Owners List <project_owners at mozdev.org>
Sent: Thursday, August 2, 2007 4:39:50 PM
Subject: [Project_owners] New Adoption Policy proposal

Hello project developers,

The thread is the start of a new Adoption Policy proposal on MozDev.

The current Adoption Policy is more of a informal one and I am proposing
a formal one that will eliminate the following problems with the current
policy... the main issue at hand is that currently if a project owner
has stopped doing any work on there project they have indefinite rights
to keep ownership, even if others have made contributions in any fashion
to keep the addon working, EG; attachments made to existing un-answered bugs

These proposed changes will set a defined time limit when a project can
be handed over to a new maintainer even if the maintainer comes back.

1) Project has not been updated over 1 year. (Updated means no bug, web,
mailing list or source has been replied/answered/updated by the original
maintainer.)
    Also this does not include "future promises" of working on it.

2) The owner has not replied to any emails prior to the 1 year.

An example to this policy comes from SourceForge.....

Any GPL or Other license that is considered Open Source project that has
been inactive for over 1 year can be taken over by a new developer
regardless of any "promises by the original developer". The original
developer can not take his project back after it has been transferred.
The original developer however can ask to be added as co-developer by
the new maintainer but that is not enforce by any staff. If the SF
project is GPL and is transferred the original developer can not demand
it back for any reason. Emails are sent for that reason, to get the
original maintainer to reply.

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Comments to this proposal ?

-- Scott

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