Jaison Lee lee.jaison at gmail.com
Sat Jul 22 15:05:57 BST 2006

On 7/21/06, David Faure <faure at kde.org> wrote:
> (*) I think the last committers are more relevant than someone who hasn't committed for 4+ years :)

This is exactly my point. This is the most motivating thing.

If one says "No one uses this" someone will say they do use this. (Me
and others.)
If one says, "It's not necessary" someone will say it is. (With slow
hardware in developing countries.)
If one says, "Another text editor is complexity" someone will argue
what is and isn't complex. (Small, Medium, and Large too complex?
Since when?)

This is a preexisting, fully-functional application that has already
been in KDE for years. If you don't expect dificulty removing it you
haven't figured out how all this chaos works yet.

However, if one says, "The maintainer of this program cannot be
reached for comment, has not committed in 4 years, and no one has
stepped up as maintainer in that span of time" those are facts that
cannot be argued with. We have logs.

A program untouched for this amount of time warrants a possible move
to extragear before a major version release. Now one of 3 things can

1) No one feels it is worth taking over KEdit. It goes to extragear
and dies there.

2) Someone steps up and says they want to take over KEdit in
extragear. Great! Nothing could please me more. Maybe it will take a
new direction and we'll even see it added again in the future.

3) Someone steps up and says they want to take over KEdit but BEGS
everyone (or demands; that seems to be the new thing) that we leave it
in kdeutils.

If 3 actually happens, THEN we should try and ask the new maintainer
to please move it to extragear, using the point-of-view based
arguments used before. Maybe it will even work. (A person can be
swayed, a mailing list can't be.)

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