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Re^2: Howto abandon rights to a cpan module and stop getting bug reports for it?

by Anonymous Monk
on Apr 06, 2012 at 09:21 UTC ( #963795=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

Comment on Re^2: Howto abandon rights to a cpan module and stop getting bug reports for it?
Re^3: How to abandon rights to a cpan module and stop getting bug reports for it?
by davido (Archbishop) on Apr 06, 2012 at 16:11 UTC

    The issue is that until a new version is uploaded, or the existing version deleted, your email address will appear in the POD and META.* files. I think deleting it is the least effective option (ignoring the social issues for a moment). Because if you just delete, existing users will never upgrade, and thus will always have your email as their contact point. Backpan would always have your version as the latest too.

    One option would be to post to the modules@perl.org mailing list asking someone to step up. If that produces nothing, try the following steps:

    The more socially conscious (and probably more effective) solution (assuming you are unable to find a new maintainer) would be to upload a new version. In the AUTHOR section or bugs reporting section place a note that the module is currently no longer being maintained nor supported, that support requests will go unanswered, and that if there is someone wishing to take over maintainership to please follow the steps outlined in the "TAKING OVER" section of the PAUSE documentation, with the understanding that you are granting your explicit permission for full priviliges to be transfered.

    If you know of a module that is a better solution you may point to it as well, and as final steps, mangle your email address to username-no-support-requests-please@cpan.org, and post another message to modules@perl.org announcing your resignation, so to speak, and your explicit intent to allow the transfer of authority on the module to the first person who asks for it.

    I'm no authority on PAUSE, but these steps seem like they would be socially acceptible, effective, and would possibly result in the module finding a new life with another maintainer.


    Dave

      I'm no authority on PAUSE, but these steps seem like they would be socially acceptible, effective, and would possibly result in the module finding a new life with another maintainer.

      They also seem an awful lot like work :)

      Seems like PAUSE should have an abandon distribution button, that stops forwarding rt.cpan.org bug reports to your @CPAN adress, removes you as maintainer, deletes the release from your CPAN directory, and moves it to A/AB/ABANDONED , and maybe adds a README-ABANDONED.txt

      If there is a PAUSE Custodial Account there could be a PAUSE Abandoned Modules Account (or Modules In Need Of Support, PAUSE MINOS )

        Contact me via email. My home node lists a few ways to reach me. Let me know the module name. If it interests me I'll pick it up and maintain it. If it doesn't interest me but seems valuable, I'll pick it up as a patch-pusher/tester until someone more interested comes along. I'd rather do that than see something of value just getting deleted. Worst case, I'll try to bridge to the next true maintainer. In that case I would also make a few announcements on the appropriate mailing lists.


        Dave

        It does have an "abandon distribution" option. Go to "change permissions" and then "Give up primary maintainership status (without transfering it)". Whether rt.cpan.org will pay any attention or not I don't know.

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