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Modification Policy

One of ContactAuthorFirst or PleaseFeelFreeToModify.

This field was added to the PackageForm to provide a package author with a way to signal to co-developers what should be done about modifications.

Some extensions have effectively been abandoned, others in disuse but still others in constant update.

Following the value for this field gives you safety in the knowledge that you had a right to make modifications to the subversion repository knowing that no-one will get upset by the fact that you did. (Actually, to date, no one has ever (publically) been upset by this happening...)

This field replaces the deprecated CVSModificationPolicy.

-- Contributors: WillNorris, CrawfordCurrie, PeterThoeny, MartinCleaver


I publicly expressed upset in #twiki earlier today. So now there's a first.

-- MeredithLesly - 10 May 2006

This is largely legacy now. Most extensions today have a PleaseFeelFreeToModify modification policy. It is good to have ownership of extensions, nevertheless I think it is good to consider changing ContactAuthorFirst to PleaseFeelFreeToModify to give more people the opportunity to contribute back. If a checkin is done that does not meet the needs of the author it can be rolled back easily in SVN.

-- PeterThoeny - 2011-03-13

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