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Subject: [boost] Transfer of Maintenance Rights
From: Stewart, Robert (Robert.Stewart_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-03-25 08:14:20

Dave asked for a policy proposal for how Boost library maintenance rights may be transferred. Edward Diener declined, so I'll offer one and go a little further while I'm at it. Consider the following as a replacement for the text at <>.


Library Author's Responsibilities

By submitting a library to Boost, you agree to put the library and its documentation under a Boost-compatible license, if it is accepted.

If your library is accepted, you are free to change it any way you wish. Indeed, we encourage you to make constant improvements. However, because peer review is an important part of the Boost process, please consider getting Boost community feedback before making substantial changes to the interface of your library.

Furthermore, if your library is accepted, you agree to be the library maintainer or to find a qualified volunteer to serve in your stead. You may, of course, assemble a qualified group to act as maintainers of your library, regardless of whether you continue to be a maintainer.

Library Maintainer's Rights and Responsibilities

As a library maintainer, you agree to provide timely support to users of the library, and to fix bugs and release those fixes in a timely fashion. You also agree to consider making library enhancements and improvements. Note that others may offer and even commit patches to a library you maintain, provided the patch is posted to the Boost Developer's mailing list for approval and is not rejected by anyone within a reasonable time.

If you find that you can no longer fulfill your responsibilities as maintainer of a library, you are responsible to advertise this to the Boost community. If you are the sole maintainer, you are responsible to find a replacement. If for some reason you fail to fulfill your responsibilities as maintainer of a library, as judged by the Boost community, whether through willful neglect or otherwise, you agree to allow the Boost community to provide a suitable replacement.

Rob Stewart robert.stewart_at_[hidden]
Software Engineer, Core Software using std::disclaimer;
Susquehanna International Group, LLP

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