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Re: [Savannah-hackers-public] Decommissioning inactive projects / users?

From: John Sullivan
Subject: Re: [Savannah-hackers-public] Decommissioning inactive projects / users?
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:08:52 -0400
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Karl Berry <address@hidden> writes:

>     Does Savannah have any policy/system in place for removing projects or
>     users that are inactive?
> No.
> Also, I'm not sure "inactive" is the right criteria for any deletion.
> A "nonexistent" project which has never had a commit or any other
> substantive content would make sense to me to delete.  Otherwise, I
> doubt it.  I hope to write more about this later today.
> As for users, I see no criteria to apply.  Maybe after a few more years
> we could say "hasn't logged in in 20 years", but even 10 years seems too
> aggressive to me :).  I'm crazy I guess ...

Well, I think there are security reasons to be somewhat concerned with
it (old accounts vulnerable to hijacking); also I had in mind migration
work. Plus user-friendliness -- possibly freeing up "claimed" usernames
or even project names for people who want to use them for active

Or instead of removing accounts, they could be locked after some number
of years and unanswered email pings. 

I wouldn't want to put barriers for no reason in the way of anyone who
decided to reappear and wanted to make a contribution after many years.
But having *some* kind of process for this seems wise.

As a related issue, I'm just also interested in activity level
information, which we'll need to formulate the best approach for
migration / deployment of a new site -- what do user and project
activity levels look like.

I'm not proposing anything now, just something for discussion and I
wanted to know what the current state is (and learned that Sylvain had
done a bit of this already).


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