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Sometimes a package is left without care for a long time. It becomes lonely and full of bugs. This is a very sad situation and somebody needs to step up to remedy it.
What can be considered an orphaned package ?
The following are considered orphaned packages:
A QA core-team member tries to contact the current maintainers and developers (cc'ing the QA list) asking about an update about their work on the package.
A package lead answers :
If no answer reaches the list in two weeks QA will consider the package orphaned. If the lead doesn't have the time he should write a mail to the list stating he needs more time to sort things out.
Finding a new lead
A message will be sent to pear-dev asking for volunteers.
Somebody steps up
If you are willing to take over a package you must notify the QA list and state who you are and why you want to take over.
If the QA team feels the person who stepped up is appropriate and capable,
Nobody wishes to take over
A QA core team member will mark the package as orphaned.
If a package is orphaned, a warning and a call for maintainers will be
QA team refers to the whole QA team (core and subscribed mailing list members)
QA core team refers to the 7 elected members (only 6 presently) http://pear.php.net/qa/
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