[Haskell-cafe] Package Takeover: `toml`

Bryan Richter b at chreekat.net
Fri Mar 12 17:15:12 UTC 2021

Can I suggest to the Hackage Whoever a slight change in policy?

I think the shock of seeing a package takeover request for your own package
is understandably, uh, shocking, and makes the ensuing discussion tense. I
also feel like most takeover requests follow this pattern; rarely does a
package end up changing hands.

Perhaps it's a problem of tone.

Rather than suggesting "State your intention to take over the package in a
public forum ", step 2 should lighten up and state, "After trying to reach
the maintainer for a reasonable amount of time, reach out to the public to
expand your search."


On Fri, 12 Mar 2021, 18.59 Henning Thielemann, <
lemming at henning-thielemann.de> wrote:

> On Fri, 12 Mar 2021, Brandon Allbery wrote:
> > That depends. Can I in fact, were I looking for a maintainer, find out
> > who to contact about the package? Ideally without much digging.
> That's what the Cabal.Maintainer field is for. It is missing in toml,
> which is bad.
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