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How to Adopt Unmaintained Hacks

When owners of one of the hacks hosted on retires, the hack may be adopted by interested parties to maintain and further the hack for the Trac community. The standard procedure is:

  1. Open a ticket for the hack in question, ask about it's maintainership status and tell the audience that you'd be willing to take over maintainership. Then sit back and wait for at least two weeks, to see if the author of the hack replies.

  1. If the author replies, he is to decide how to proceed. He could deny your request, ask us to give you read/write permission for the hack in the repository or even pass (maintainer|owner)ship to you.

  1. If the author does not reply, post the request to the th-users mailing list. This makes the whole process public, allowing other users to comment on it if, for example, they have information on the whereabout of the original author.
  1. If the author does not reply within the given time frame and the mailing list discussion hasn't panned out, contact one of the admins (link?). They will check the status quo, probably try again to get in contact with the author, and eventually decide on your request. In most cases you would be granted (maintainer|owner)ship of the hack in question if its development seems stalled and if neither the original author nor any contributor can be contacted in a reasonable timeframe.