[Toolserver-l] WikiMiniAtlas

Gerald A geraldablists at gmail.com
Sun Feb 15 13:27:30 UTC 2009

Hi River,

On Sun, Feb 15, 2009 at 7:37 AM, River Tarnell <
river at loreley.flyingparchment.org.uk> wrote:

> the problem is that having the infrastructure doesn't make people use it.
>  i've
> been trying to encourage people to move popular projects to stable and
> decouple
> them from a single maintainer, but i can't force people to do it, and most
> people don't have the time or inclination.
> i don't think "banning" single-maintainer projects will accomplish
> anything.
> most popular tools started off as something small written by one person,
> and if
> we don't allow people to write things themselves, how will these tools
> develop?
> if we were to do this, all that would happen is there would be no tools
> left.

I agree with you on both counts, but I have a suggestion.

Do you think it might be possible to encourage people to use the
infrastructure more? My thinking here is to make it easier for multi-user
projects and make it slightly more annoying for single user ones. This could
be something like a longer waiting time for (one week vs. couple days) to
get migrated to the stable server. Or it could be something in the STABLE
signup form, where it says "if I don't respond within 30 days, my project
can have a maintainer added at the discretion of the toolserver admins". (30
days here was just arbitrary ... the important thing is there is some limit
to the loss of contact).

Just putting an idea out there, as I do see both sides of the equation.

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