new ports and maintainer

Eric Gallager egall at
Thu Jul 24 12:36:28 PDT 2014

A compromise here could be, instead of getting rid of openmaintainer
entirely, or keeping it opt-in like it currently is, we could make it
opt-out instead. There are two ways we could do this:

1. When committing new ports submitted by users without commit access, make
it a policy to automatically add "openmaintainer" for them unless they
specifically request otherwise,
2. Get rid of the openmaintainer pseudo-maintainername entirely, and
replace it with a new pseudo-maintainername that would be equivalent to
what is currently signified by leaving out the "openmaintainer"
pseudo-maintainername. I am not sure what we would call this replacement

On Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 3:13 PM, Daniel J. Luke <dluke at> wrote:

> On Jul 24, 2014, at 2:37 PM, Sean Farley <sean at> wrote:
> >
> > Why not drop 'openmaintainer' and amend the community policy to have
> > every port be what we now call 'openmaintainer'? Furthermore, we could
> > set up a way for the listed port authors to be emailed when a port with
> > their name on it has changed.
> I, for one, appreciate the ability to specify which ports I don't care if
> people apply patches to vs. ports where I'm very careful about
> updating/keeping things from breaking.
> Ultimately, I'm not willing to provide active support for something that
> lots of other people are going to (potentially) be updating (and, in
> general, I prefer to get prior notice of a possible change before it hits
> the repo).
> --
> Daniel J. Luke
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