PEP: Procedure for Adding New Modules (please comment)
m.faassen at vet.uu.nl
Wed Jul 4 23:33:21 CEST 2001
Roman Suzi <rnd at onego.ru> wrote:
> On 4 Jul 2001, Martijn Faassen wrote:
>> In the case where no head maintainer can be found (possibly
>> because there are no maintainers left), the integrators will issue
>> a call to the community at large asking for new maintainers to
>> step forward. If no one does, the integrators can decide to
>> declare the contribution deprecated as described in PEP 4.
> This is too quick, IMHO: some libraries/modules could be actual for
> years even without any maintainers. (Yes, I hope Python to be *that*
I said they *can* decide it, they don't have to decide it.
This is here to make explicit a circumstance when depcrecation of a module
can be invoked; if there is no one willing to maintain it anymore
the interest is low. It is also a mild stick to be used so that modules *will*
be maintained; the integrators start mumbling about deprecation may
be a powerful incentive to any would-be maintainers (it flushes out
people motivated to maintain it :)
> So, probably there is a need to add a special category of unmaintained
> modules and ship them with the Standard Library as long, as they
> are useful and runnable.
It is still maintenance to verify whether something is still runnable.
What I should do is make explicit that python core developers can be
module maintainers; in fact what may need to be done is to make them
the module maintainers of most of what's in the library now. This is
still an open issue; I don't know what other people think about
this (most importantly the core developers!)
I think it is important to have a clear maintainer for everything
added to the library (and preferably also everything *in* the library).
If the maintainer's work is not much work at all, as you suggest, so
much the better for everybody. Additionally, if a lingering module
has an actual maintainer the chances are higher said module will
actually be developed further, which is a win for everybody too.
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