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From Mohammad Nour El-Din <>
Subject Re: Websites of retired podlings (was Re: Retired podlings with RW SVN access)
Date Sun, 21 Aug 2011 08:53:28 GMT
On Sun, Aug 21, 2011 at 4:06 AM, Marvin Humphrey <> wrote:
> On Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 05:25:00PM -0400, Benson Margulies wrote:
>> >> On Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 02:59:33PM +0300, Daniel Shahaf wrote:
>> >> > Gavin McDonald wrote on Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 16:35:47 +1000:
>> >> > > The retirement guide [1] makes no mention of removing podling
>> >> > > websites but I think they should all be removed at retirement,
>> >> > > thoughts?
>> >> >
>> >> > This doesn't need to be on private@...
>> >>
>> >> Good catch, Daniel.  My preference would be to avoid erasing podling web
>> >> presences on retirement,
>> If an RO svn is retained, some sort of web presence explaining it
>> makes sense to me. But I agree that a pseudo-active-project web site
>> is not the right sort of web presence.
> Yes, I also agree that a site which misleads visitors into thinking that a
> retired podling is active is not desirable.
> When a top-level project enters the Attic, its website gets updated to reflect
> the fact that it has been retired.  For instance, all of Hivemind's web pages
> have a big red banner alerting visitors to the project's status:
> Provided that someone is willing to do that work, that there is zero ongoing
> maintenance burden, and that there are no practical or legal difficulties, I
> think something similar would also be OK for a retired podling -- however,
> that's not necessarily my preferred approach.
> Another option which might be cleaner and less burdensome to administer would
> be to create a boilerplate "Retired Podling" static html page which would
> replace the website for any podling which does not graduate.  This page would
> give a brief explanation of the project's history and status and point at any
> remaining resources, such as read-only SVN if the podling completed a
> successful code grant.
> If there is interest in that idea, I volunteer to help create the template for
> the "Retired Podling" page.


> I have two objectives with this proposal.  The first is practical: we should aid
> users who may come looking for a project to learn what happened to it with
> minimal effort.
> The other goal is to help podlings retire with dignity.  Every software project
> has a life cycle, there are many reasons why a podling might not make it
> to graduation, and a lot may have been accomplished during an attempt at
> incubation.  I think our default policy should be to recognize and celebrate
> the contributions that a podling's volunteers made while it was active.
> Marvin Humphrey
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