Thoughts on QQ Situation

Ka-Hing Cheung khc at
Tue May 20 21:58:28 EDT 2008

On Tue, 2008-05-20 at 21:25 -0400, Daniel Atallah wrote:
> It's pretty clear that at this point the QQ prpl is unmaintained.
> Based on some bug reports and people in #pidgin, my impression is that
> it doesn't work reliably.
> There are 4 QQ patches in the tracker, 2 of them are quite large. 3 of
> them are from the same person.
> It doesn't look like these are likely to get evaluated any time soon
> simply because nobody is capable of doing it.  I don't think that is
> fair to the developer who has clearly put forward a lot effort on
> these patches.
> I see 3 options:
>    1 - Find a new maintainer.  With the size of the apparent QQ
> userbase, surely there is someone capable
> plugin.and interested in stepping forward.  Perhaps the author of the
> significant patches in the tracker is interested?

This was actually what I proposed to them (if you could read the Chinese
postings on their google group). Initially they were going to rewrite
the prpl, but I suggested that they break it down to small patches and
then submit them. I promised that I will review them (and I think I did
review/commit 1 or 2 of them before I went off), and will propose giving
(some of) them commit access after some patches. Of course, then I went
off to my vacation and never did anything since then ;-)

Not having a working QQ account makes a bit hard for me to review bigger
changes too (I think the first couple that I committed were just simple
cleanups), so I am all for just letting them take over.


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