[Project_owners] New Adoption Policy proposal
davidwboswell at yahoo.com
Thu Aug 2 17:02:26 PDT 2007
I think having a more clearly defined adoption policy makes sense.
Let's work through the mechanics of how we want it to work and then we
So the current system works like this: If someone is interested in
taking over a project that hasn't been updated in a while (defined now
by being a project on the Abandoned projects list) they should email
the project owner and copy a site admin. If the owner responds and is
willing to hand over the project, the project is handed over. If the
original owner doesn't respond within a week, the project is handed
over. If the owner responds and wants to keep the project, the project
is not handed over.
Personally, I think an owner shouldn't be compelled to hand over a
project if they don't want to even if they aren't updating their
project. Since all code is under an open source license, people can
always take the code and create a new project. If most people on the
list disagree with this though, we can change the policy.
> 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
> a formal one that will eliminate the following problems with the
> policy... the main issue at hand is that currently if a project owner
> has stopped doing any work on there project they have indefinite
> to keep ownership, even if others have made contributions in any
> 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
> 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,
> mailing list or source has been replied/answered/updated by the
> 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
> 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
> 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
> it back for any reason. Emails are sent for that reason, to get the
> original maintainer to reply.
> Comments to this proposal ?
> -- Scott
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