[pmwiki-users] Pre-announcing 2.2.0 non-beta release, new release manager

Henrik Bechmann henrik.bechmann at sympatico.ca
Sat Jan 17 10:59:36 CST 2009

Congratulations Petko. This is a very exciting step forward.

Have fun!!

- Henrik

Petko Yotov wrote:
> On Friday 16 January 2009 06:12:23 Patrick R. Michaud wrote:
>> Petko Yotov has graciously agreed to serve as PmWiki's "release
>> manager" and site maintainer. 
> Hello to all! :-)
> You can imagine how thrilled and honored I am to help out with the PmWiki 
> development. I'll probably need some time to learn how everything works, but 
> here  are a couple of things that I consider important, and that I will 
> respect.
> Development Checklist :
> 1. Follow the PmWiki Philosophy. These are the founding principles of the 
> software, the development and the community, and new versions will follow 
> them too.
> 2. Serve the community. My work should be seen like a "tool" that does what is 
> required and obvious. Do technical work, do not decide about major directions 
> to be taken. I may have my opinions but I feel best decisions are taken in 
> discussions, when possible by consensus.
> 3. Be Transparent. This is Free software, transparent by definition, but if 
> you have any questions about my actions, ask me.
> 4. Delegate. It will be great if more people could help out, especially for:
>    * testing recent releases,
>    * catching and reporting bugs,
>    * improving the documentation,
>    * helping new users on the mailing lists and on the wiki,
>    * reviewing/testing recipes, skins and bundles,
>    * hopefully soon, enabling recipes and skins on pmwiki.org. 
> 5. My personal style or philosophy, is probably summed as "Simplicity". I'll 
> try not to complicate things more than it is absolutely required.
> 6. My own cookbook recipes are switched to stand-by mode. Eventual bugs will 
> be fixed, but expect few new features. 
> Priority Checklist :
> 1. Security bugfixes
> 2. Bugfixes
> 3. Documentation updates, translations
> 4. New features -- I have a conservative approach:
>    * Unless a major benefit is demonstrated, don't add to core. (Cookbook 
> recipe.)
>    * OK for small and simple changes, in the spirit of the PmWiki design, 
> history and philosophy.
>    * If in doubt, don't add to core. (Cookbook recipe.)
>    * Ask Pm for review. 
> About the different "roles" :
> 1. Release manager : the most important role in my opinion is the ability to 
> prepare and cut releases which is more technical and somewhat time-consuming, 
> and Pm should not waste his time when people from the community could do it. 
> 2. Developer : if I make changes to the Core, I'll follow the Development 
> Checklist and the Priorities I mentioned above. I believe Pm himself will 
> continue to make most of the changes. But I'll have the possibility to 
> quickly fix bugs if needed, or other small changes, hopefully with common 
> sense.
> You know that the code is in an SVN repository, so, like in a wiki page, any 
> changes or errors can be quickly reverted to previous, safer versions.
> 3. Webmaster : this is about the PmWiki installations at the pmwiki.org web 
> server. Well, it is what we all do with our own wikis, keeping it live, 
> reviewing and enabling recipes and skins (not about the content: anyone -- 
> you -- can improve the content). Technical, obvious work. I don't think there 
> is too much to do there, any PmWiki admin with some experience could do it, 
> and probably others will join me later.
> About the documentation at pmwiki.org, please look at it and improve it where 
> you can.
> If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask me. I am sure that 
> everything will go fine. :-)
> Thanks,
> Petko
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Henrik Bechmann

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