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Re: How to complain about changes to a module? (And what good would it do?)

by talexb (Canon)
on Aug 28, 2008 at 18:10 UTC ( #707549=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to How to complain about changes to a module? (And what good would it do?)

    What can be done about it?

Politically - that's a tough call. Reason with the new maintainer? Bug the people who proposed or seconded the new maintainer?

Technically - as has been suggested, start your own branch from a known good version.

    To whom does one complain?

No one - Open Source is both blessed and cursed with Technical Anarchy. People are free to take the ball and run with it, based on their opinions and technical ability.

The best revenge is to fork the offending modules and champion their use. Natural selection will determine how successful each outcome is.

    And would it do any good?

Sure - complaining is always better than saying nothing. But it's what happens after the complaining that's probably more important.

    What other options are open to curtail or rollback such changes.

Like I said, there's a sense of anarchy when it comes to this area of software development. If the new maintainer's a lunatic, from your point of view, the answer is simple - fork the good code and move on from there.

Alex / talexb / Toronto

"Groklaw is the open-source mentality applied to legal research" ~ Linus Torvalds

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