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Subject: Re: [boost] 5 Observations - My experience with the boost libraries
From: John Phillips (phillips_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-03-24 21:01:17

Emil Dotchevski wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 11:26 AM, Edward Diener <eldiener_at_[hidden]> wrote:
>> That's why I am suggesting that Boost create some sort of policy so that
>> maintenance of an actively used Boost library be transferred to others
>> whenever the original library author(s) no longer wish to maintain the
>> library.
> Why do we need an official policy if someone has to volunteer anyway?
> It's not like there's an army of volunteers and we have to be careful
> to pick the right candidate. :)
> Emil Dotchevski
> Reverge Studios, Inc.


   I think where we need to consider an official policy is on the other
end. In the current structure of Boost, the author of the library has
control of it unless they explicitly cede that control. So, if a
developer disappears, no one feels they have the right to mess with the

   We need to change the expectations on that count. So, developers
submitting libraries to Boost do so with the understanding that a
substantial period of inactivity while there are issues that need to be
addressed means that someone else is allowed (and expected) to step in
and become the prime maintainer. Inaction cedes control by default.

   In my opinion, this is an important issue for Boost and I place it is
more important than many of Tom's original points.


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