[Distutils] Process for taking over abandoned packages

Tennessee Leeuwenburg tleeuwenburg at gmail.com
Thu Oct 16 06:41:31 CEST 2014

I think package owners have a responsibility to be contactable, but that
the time-frames should be long to allow for the fact people do go off the
grid for valid reasons sometimes. I'd suggest something like 2 months is a
reasonable interval to allow; if contact via email and available social
media fail after 2 months, then broken packages without evidence of
maintenance in the source repository should be moveable.

Inactive, abandoned and nonfunctional packages could be defined as:
  -- Owner uncontactable via email or social media for 2 months
  -- No alternative representative for the package identified
  -- No evidence of maintenance in the source repository for 1 year (?)
  -- Package is not installable via pip install on 2.7 or 3.x

This is as distinct from the squatter clause, which is really about
never-even-started, never-did-anything registrations.

If the original owner wants to keep the name, then I think they get to keep
it regardless of the requesting parties desire to get a hold of it.

Onus should be on the requesting party to supply evidence of the criteria
via the issue tracker.

Making things too complex? Maybe...

On 16 October 2014 15:21, Richard Jones <richard at python.org> wrote:

> I am currently trying to decide what to do in the case of this request:
> https://sourceforge.net/p/pypi/support-requests/420/
> It is remarkably similar to the request which only just recently got me
> into trouble, with the slight difference that there may be a trademark
> issue which I am definitely not able to address. Therefore I am extremely
> hesitant to actually grant the request. It certainly falls under the final
> statement in the written-up policy:
> "Transfer will not be performed where an individual or project wishes to
> take ownership of a name because they feel the current owner has left it
> stagnating, or even broken, in the absence of the above transfer
> conditions."
> Your thoughts, as always, are welcome.
>      Richard
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Tennessee Leeuwenburg
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