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Subject: Re: [boost] [date_time] Who is in charge?
From: Stewart, Robert (Robert.Stewart_at_[hidden])
Date: 2012-07-07 19:46:22

Olaf van der Spek wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 12:02 PM, Klaim - Joël Lamotte
> <mjklaim_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> > I was surprised too, almost a year ago, that there have
> > been no reaction - not even a reply - to a date_time bug I
> > reported on this mailing list
> > (

I've been in contact with Jeff and he acknowledges that he needs to do something about this.

> Boost does not appear to have a policy for maintainers that
> go missing in action.

We have this policy, which is half of the equation:

> I think someone (maybe steering committe) should come up with
> some policy.

This sounded awfully familiar, so I checked. I'm supposed to write up something like the following and post it to the web site:

"When a Boost library maintainer becomes unresponsive, the following process provides a means to take over maintenance:

"1. Identify the maintainer of the code that is languishing.
"2. Appeal to the maintainer, by name, in a properly targeted message to the developer's list (with the right '[library]' tag in the subject line).
"3. Bump the message a time or two over the course of a month or so.
"4. Try contacting the maintainer directly yourself or through others on the developer's list.
"5. Declare the library to have no maintainer on the developer's list and volunteer to be the new maintainer.
"6. Assume maintenance of the library if there are no objections raised on the developer's list within two weeks."

This is certainly a good start and I welcome any input you may have before I post it. At any rate, step 4 has worked, though Jeff has not yet responded on-list.

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


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