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  2. MDLSITE-271

Modules and plugins database entries which are no longer maintained need to be marked as such

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    • Type: Improvement Improvement
    • Status: Open
    • Priority: Minor Minor
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Component/s: moodle.org
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      Message from Anthony Borrow:

      Helen - Something for consideration with the Modules and Plugins. Is there currently a way to distinguish or mark a project or contribution as "dead" (i.e. no one is maintaining or developing it further). What brought this to my attention is the Attendance-Chart module does not seem to have anyone who is actively supporting it (and at least one frustrated user). I would be curious for your thoughts (and Martin's) on how best to handle such things and perhaps how to "advertise" that a plugin or block is open for someone to take some leadership on. Having some rough ideas for a "policy" might be helpful as we look toward managing the blocks, plugins and patches. Peace - Anthony

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          Helen Foster added a comment -

          Hi Anthony,

          Thanks for your comments.

          For projects which are obviously "dead" how about we add the following text to the database entry maintainer field:

          This project is no longer being maintained. If you wish to take on the maintenance and development of the code, please post your plans in the Using Moodle Activity modules forum http://moodle.org/mod/forum/view.php?id=44.

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          Helen Foster added a comment - Hi Anthony, Thanks for your comments. For projects which are obviously "dead" how about we add the following text to the database entry maintainer field: This project is no longer being maintained. If you wish to take on the maintenance and development of the code, please post your plans in the Using Moodle Activity modules forum http://moodle.org/mod/forum/view.php?id=44 .
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          Helen Foster added a comment -

          It would be good if we could fix this issue after fixing MDLSITE-310

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          Helen Foster added a comment - It would be good if we could fix this issue after fixing MDLSITE-310
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          Anthony Borrow added a comment -

          Helen - OK, we got MDLSITE-310, I think with 2.0 coming out it is a good time to review all of the M&P entries critically and make sure that they are being maintained. A couple of criteria that may be helpful:

          1) Has the currently listed maintainer or the person adding the record logged in to Moodle in the last year?
          2) Do the download links still work?
          3) Does the code work on the currently supported versions of Moodle? For me, that would be 1.8, 1.9, and/or 2.0.

          I was thinking of having another field for active which would allow us to filter what gets displayed. By default, I would only want folks to see active but with advanced search they could also see the archives. That way we have an historical record of ideas and possibly code.

          With the new file API, I wonder if we might have folks maintain or upload the code to Moodle.org or if that would be desirable. I'm thinking of how we could eliminate or at least reduce the case where there is no longer access to code because the original contributor deleted it. That way a person would not have to go through the whole formal process of CONTRIB but we would still have the central version and if needed we could edit it.

          In any case, just a few thoughts. Peace - Anthony

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          Anthony Borrow added a comment - Helen - OK, we got MDLSITE-310 , I think with 2.0 coming out it is a good time to review all of the M&P entries critically and make sure that they are being maintained. A couple of criteria that may be helpful: 1) Has the currently listed maintainer or the person adding the record logged in to Moodle in the last year? 2) Do the download links still work? 3) Does the code work on the currently supported versions of Moodle? For me, that would be 1.8, 1.9, and/or 2.0. I was thinking of having another field for active which would allow us to filter what gets displayed. By default, I would only want folks to see active but with advanced search they could also see the archives. That way we have an historical record of ideas and possibly code. With the new file API, I wonder if we might have folks maintain or upload the code to Moodle.org or if that would be desirable. I'm thinking of how we could eliminate or at least reduce the case where there is no longer access to code because the original contributor deleted it. That way a person would not have to go through the whole formal process of CONTRIB but we would still have the central version and if needed we could edit it. In any case, just a few thoughts. Peace - Anthony

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