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Leaving Sous Chefs

If a maintainer wants to stop or leave, it’s cool. We’ll gladly point to the project’s new home and keep an archive of the old history.

When the cookbook is for end-of-life tech

If a cookbook is for software that’s no longer feasible to keep running, like old open source, old commercial stuff, anything that can’t be downloaded; then we update the cookbook to mark as deprecated.

When the cookbook is unused

If a cookbook seems entirely unused, we may want to stop claiming it is maintained. In that case, we’ll update the cookbook to mark it as archived.

When the maintainer wants to leave

If someone objects to the project moving and wants to continue maintenance under the sous-chefs, we add a prominent link to fork on the readme and continue development. People are generally not idiots, so if they have a reason to leave us we should support them.

Otherwise we update the cookbook to mark as relocated, at least pointing where the cookbook went.


Regardless of how a project leaves the Sous Chefs, we will keep a copy of the history available so anyone looking for it will know what’s happened.

Permanent removal

We keep a copy of the cookbook’s history available for at least a year.

After that, we may delete the repo if we have some reason too. But practically we’ll be trying to keep a record of the code’s history for as long as we can.