[R-pkg-devel] Maintainer a Group

John Muschelli mu@che|||j2 @end|ng |rom gm@||@com
Wed Jun 26 01:31:22 CEST 2019

Duncan, I agree, but most likely to stay around is the PI, as much of the
work is students and post docs, who’s least likely to respond.   Even with
a responsible person, not easy for them to pass on as it’s not their job or
any easy thing to ask if it wasn’t the PI.  Also making a post doc or
student as the lead for multiple packages wouldn’t be appropriate or solve
the issue.  The group email would have a priority Of the “true” maintainer
plus other helpers.  Just figured we’d get the confirmation before moving

On Tue, Jun 25, 2019 at 6:15 PM Duncan Murdoch <murdoch.duncan using gmail.com>

> On 25/06/2019 5:52 p.m., John Muschelli wrote:
> > So a single email is not a mailing list and it's a research group, so not
> > really a corporate entity.  I don't see WHY explicitly this isn't
> allowed.
> > I understand that this decision has been made with a lot of thought in
> > mind, though.  This would make it much easier for research groups to not
> > orphan packages because the maintainer/student leaves and we can't really
> > centralize our code bases.
> Pick one member of the group to be the maintainer. Don't choose someone
> who is likely to leave, choose a responsible person who is likely to be
> around a long time. If that person does leave, being responsible,
> they'll pass the role to someone else in the group.  If they don't,
> another member of the group can volunteer to CRAN to take over as
> maintainer after the package is orphaned because the original maintainer
> is not responding to CRAN requests.
> On the other hand, if you were allowed to choose the group email as
> maintainer, requests from CRAN could be ignored, because everyone might
> assume it's someone else's responsibility to respond.
> Duncan Murdoch

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