0002 Maintainership Transfer Process#
As a part of the lifecycle of maintainership in the Open edX platform, we need a process by which the current maintainers can give up maintainership of a component. We want to define a process where, when the current maintainer can no longer support a component that the maintainership can pass to someone in the community who can or a process is defined if no one wants to maintain the component.
We will define a simple process for seeking a new maintainer as well as what to do if a new maintainer cannot be found.
Communicate on the forums that
component X is seeking a new maintainer.
Hello, I'm the current maintainer of `component X`. I am no longer able to dedicate the amount of time needed to properly maintain this component to the level described in (OEP-55)[https://open-edx-proposals.readthedocs.io/en/latest/processes/oep-0055-proc-project-maintainers.html] and I am seeking a new maintainer. Code: /link/to/codebase Docs: /link/to/docs On <date 2 weeks in the future> if now new maintainer can be found I'll begin putting `component X` through the deprecation and removal process.
It is recommend that similar to the Deprecation process, a wait period of at least 2 weeks should be given to give the community ample time to respond.
Respond to questions
If a new maintainer is found, initiate the transfer process.
Once you know who the new maintainer is, announce the decision on the discourse thread created in the Announce phase.
Add the new maintainer(s) to the relevant maintainers GitHub group.
(Optional but recommended) Meet with the new maintainers and review what is being transfered and any relevant knowledge that needs to be transferred.
Ask the new maintainers to remove you from the maintainers group.
The new maintainer will announce that the transfer is complete.
If you were unable to find a new maintainer for a component, then it is your responsibility to put the component through the deprecation and removal(DEPR) process
If a new owner of a component cannot be found, it must be put through the full deprecation process by the current maintainer.
Integrate the Maintainership Transfer process into the DEPR Process#
It’s easy to have a simple transfer process that feeds into the existing DEPR process.
Link to the deprecation process.