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Add-ons becoming outdated.... should we retire them?

edited March 2007 in Vanilla 1.0 Help
I've seen many posts recently about add-ons not being compatible or needing tweaking to work with a current theme. Is there any effort to ensure 100% backwards compatibility for add-ons as new themes and versions of Vanilla are released? It's just frustrating to have a bunch of add-ons that have not been maintained and this could be come a big negative about the Vanilla platform if it is not addressed. Any thought about a strict standards process for ensuring a commitment from add-on developers to keep things current? Just a constructive observation.


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    and what is the "Coding Etiquette" to adopt the development of an extension. If you find an extension that is old and outdated and you feel that you have the expertise to improve on it, is it cool to take control of it? If so, how much time should pass before it is considered abandoned?
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    In response to jeffk's question, I would say that if you contact the author asking their view on it and you dont get a response within a week then it's fair enough to take over. Besides, if they come back after and want to regain control you could renegotiate it's not the end of the world.
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    MarkMark Vanilla Staff
    I've been thinking of adding a flag to the addons site that can mark add-ons as archived - so they don't show up on the searches by default...
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    TomTesterTomTester New
    edited March 2007
    I started a small discussion on this previously: ADD-ON MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES & YOU

    Mark's latest updates solve most of the issues mentioned in that thread, though I'm not sure if the linked discussions
    are linked at the add-on NAME level or add-on VERSION level. Mark?

    Note: If it's the NAME level, how about an auto-comment posting whenever a newer version is uploaded, so readers of
    the thread can easily identify remarks that pertain to older versions of said add-on. E.g.

    Version 1.3.2 of MyGreatAddOn uploaded on March 7, 2007
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    MarkMark Vanilla Staff
    That's actually a really really good idea, Tom. I'll see about implementing that asap.
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