How to hand over an Open Source project to a new maintainer

Andrey Petrov
Feb 9, 2018 · 4 min read

What not to do

1. Don’t transfer the project to the new maintainer’s namespace.

2. Don’t micromanage the new maintainer.

3. Don’t expect more from the new maintainer than they’re giving.

How to do it right

Finding a new lead maintainer

Foster a team of co-maintainers

Make an explicit announcement for the transition

Have a checklist for what that needs to be done

But for now…


Andrey Petrov

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A doodler and computerer. I like open source, room-scale virtual reality, and p2p systems. YC alum and Xoogler. Cat person. ➲ https://shazow.net/

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