Congratulations Pako! I think it's wonderful that at the same time that EventGhost has greatly influenced your life your contributions have done so much for so many others, including me. EventGhost is an integral part of my life. I couldn't imagine doing without it.
I think it's unfortunate that Blackwind is no longer active in this project but I think we just have to be grateful for all they have done and move forward.
I know the discussion has already dragged on too long in http://www.eventghost.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9068
, but the topic of making sure that multiple people have control of the EventGhost resources has not been resolved. I would like to propose that you be given control over any of them you don't currently have. Not with the obligation of doing any work in that role, but just to protect the future of those resources. Of course other members of the community should be also considered but I think most would agree that you have earned our trust so I hope this would not be a controversial proposal..
Do you have any administrative privileges in the GitHub EventGhost organization and/or that organization's repositories?
Topix/topik2k was working closely with Blackwind on the recent development work on GitHub. They have expressed the interest
in being given some sort of administration rights to that repository. There are a few different levels of permissions possible, from Owner of the organization to collaborator of the EventGhost/EventGhost repository so there could be some discussion of which level is appropriate. There are people who would like to contribute
to the EventGhost application code but if there's nobody with the power and motivation to merge pull requests then there's not much point in making the effort. I'm not sure exactly what level topix is interested in being involved at but I know they have continued to work towards one of the long term goals, the plugin manager
dequi's involvement in working on the website was the cause of controversy but due to no fault of their own. The permissions were eventually rescinded but in the brief time available they did make some improvements. There may be disagreement over whether giving such far reaching privileges to someone new to the community was a good idea but the gamble has already been taken so I think it's worth considering allowing dequi to continue working as they are willing. We have been discussing
ways to move the documentation and wiki hosting to GitHub, which would allow people to easily contribute to the website development without needing any special authorization but, depending on how this is implemented, it may require someone with the administrative privileges over the relevant repository(s) to merge pull requests.
All the plugin developers are continuing to expand the usefulness of EventGhost. It's wonderful to see new plugins released and old plugins continuing to be supported and developed. The forum continues to be an excellent resource with spam being dealt with very quickly and questions being answered. Thanks so much to everyone!
So there may be some turbulence along the way but also it's very exciting to see all the progress! I see that the main barrier now is that the gatekeeper(s?) of the application development are not active and the people who want to be active don't have the ability to do so. Of course it would be a bad idea to just open things up to a free for all but blocking contributions is also not productive. The trouble is that everyone here is a volunteer with other demands on their time but at least it would be nice to know who is in control and get a statement from them on where they see things going. If that statement is "I have no time or interest in doing anything at all" it's understandable but we need to know that so we can act accordingly. That may well involve a fork. There are multiple forks
being worked on right now but I think it would be much preferable to not fragment the development work if possible.