Authors who are not present on IRC should be pruned from the SVN.
On a certain level I kinda agree. The SVN is there as a development mechanism, and for fast update/response. It's -used- as a release mechanism, but that was not the original purpose. If authors place their addons on the SVN without offering some form of fast feedback response (ie, IRC), then they should just package and release it on one of the other systems like WoWi and get feedback through there. Personally, I prefer that authors looking for feedback use IRC, as it's fairly straightforward to contact them even when offline with botmail etc, and problems like the above can be fixed in no time at all. Watching addons being loaded into the SVN and developed without seeing the author in IRC seems a waste of time, as half of the whole concept is communication with the community.