On 01/08/12 06:30, Matt Domsch wrote:
Still hoping Michal Ludvig will pull all these changes into his
Hi Matt and everyone who sent me pull requests over the past year or
I'm really sorry for not following up and for ... basically ...
ignoring your efforts. I know this is not the right way the project
is meant to be led.
As it's often the case in the open source world these projects are
only a hobby for their founders and so was s3cmd my hobby for over 5
years. Not generating any real income but it was fun and a great
learning experience. However after such a long time of working on
s3cmd, bringing it to the masses, making it one of the best products
in its class (ok, enough bragging :) and seeing the community of
users and contributors grow I'm afraid I have now became the
bottleneck slowing the project down instead of being the leader
pushing it forward. And unfortunately it's not about to improve
anytime soon - I now have other commitments, family, less free time
overall and can't spend as much time on s3cmd as the project
But I'm pleased to see the community is doing very well even without
me being actively involved and I'm more
than happy to pass the leadership hat on to someone new.
To someone who is keen to bring new life to the project, invest his
time in reviewing the pull requests, responding to emails and
releasing new versions.
There is indeed some responsibility in this role - in order to keep
s3cmd maintainable in the long term there has to be some vision of
where the project goes and quality control of the code being merged.
Reviewing patches and working with the contributors is what I
actually found to be the most energy consuming task, and that's why
there are so many pending pull requests in the queue - I didn't have
time to review them and eventually work with their authors to bring
them up to the required standard. That's probably the biggest
challenge of this role.
On the other hand it is by no means a full time position, a couple
of hours a month is usually all it takes. Don't feel obliged to keep
the role forever, people come and go, that's normal. However if you
could spend some time on s3cmd every now and then over the next year
or so that'd be great. Shorter engagements probably don't make much
sense - you'll have to lead the crowd for a while, not just merge
all the outstanding pull requests and disappear.
Is there anyone on the list who is keen to
step in and assume the s3cmd leadership role? Raise your hands!
One, two, three leaders / maintainers, not a problem :)
Guys? Girls? Cats? Dogs? Parrots? Matt? Anyone?
Needless to say it's your unique opportunity to gain a worldwide
fame by being the main figure in such a prominent project (ok,
overstating a bit :)
Hope to hear from you soon!