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    posted a message on When is it ok to fork a seemingly abandoned addon?
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    Neither did I claim that implies you "could do whatever you like". That is not what open source means.

     Actually, that's exactly what it means.
    Open source means the source is freely accessible. There are still conditions in open source licenses. That's my point. In any case, this is a side track.
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    But in any case, like you said, having copies and copies of the same addons isn't good, it just clutters the system and makes no sense (and mods should not allow them, especially when they're clear copy pastes), so if a project is indeed abandoned AND needs updating (not just to change the TOC) then I think it's pretty much acceptable to take over it, preferably with the author's permission but that's not always something that one can get since many people just "disappear" you'll never get a reply from them.
    Thanks, that's a helpful answer. As I said, the core functionality of this addon is pretty straight forward. It also broke with patch 7.1, and I had to rewrite parts of my local copy to make it work again. Eventually I just wrote a new, simple addon that outputs the relevant info into the chat window. As for the original author, he's never replied to me. Which is why I asked here in the first place.
    As I rarely play any more, I won't be spending a lot of time on this. My own little addon is on GitHub, and I will probably leave it there to tinker on whenever I do play. At least I won't make more abandoned clutter here. :)
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    posted a message on When is it ok to fork a seemingly abandoned addon?

    Never claimed the phrase "open source" was actually in it. Neither did I claim that implies you "could do whatever you like". That is not what open source means. However the policy contains several elements that are typical to open source licenses.

     

    In any case, SexyReputation is a pretty simple and straight forward addon. Maybe I'll write a new one from scratch at some point.

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    posted a message on When is it ok to fork a seemingly abandoned addon?

    Well, Blizzard's addon policy essentially demands they are open source, but it makes sense to not allow a multitude of forks of every addon out there. It clutters the system. Maybe there should be an expiry date on abandoned addons.

     

    I have no intention of rewriting it from scratch at the moment, so I'll just maintain it for myself then.

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    I have been maintaining an old addon, SexyReputation, that the original author stopped updating 2.5 years ago. I just host it on my own GitHub account for my own sake. I know there were some rules posted on the old site about not copying addons and continuing work on them, but I can't seem to find that info now.

     

    What is the general practice? Most of my changes up until 7.2 were just tweaks and minor fixes, but now I've added support for the new reward system past exalted reputation, so I was thinking again to make the addon available here. I've tried contacting the previous developer some months ago, but no luck. I have no idea whether they intend to pick it up again, but it seems unlikely after all this time.

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