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A repository to organize the Flask ecosystem.

                      M E T A F L A S K

What is Metaflask?

Metaflask is the informal "Flask Software Foundation".  It's the
closest equivalent to stewardship that Flask has and currently
starting up.

Some of the information of this repository is available at
http://metaflask.pocoo.org/ as a read-only JSON API.

An IRC Channel exists at #metaflask on irc.freenode.net

What does it do?

The Metaflask project's aim is to ensure that the Flask ecosystem
does not suffer from abandoned extensions or problems in Flask
itself.  As a purely virtual organization without legal power it
does not do anything fancy other than acting as a central space
where discussions about Flask can be held in a structured way.

How is it structured?

The Metaflask project is a meritocracy with each project maintained
through the Metaflask project being a dictatorship.  As such the
Metaflask project does not really have a clear form of governance.
It is whatever the members of the project decide it is.

How do I add my project?

You do not need to be a member to add your project.  Just send a
pull request against this repository with your own project added
and off you go.  Do not add a steward to the project.  Someone will
add it later.  Not all projects will have stewards at the beginning.

How do projects get stewards?

Any member can become a steward for a project.  For more information
see stewardship below.  To see projects that currently do not have
members this API lists them all:

http://metaflask.pocoo.org/needs-stewards

Who are the members?

For the current members have a look at the members folder in the
same repository.

How do I become a member?

The way to become a member is to open an issue on this repository
with the request to join it.  Currently you have to fulfil one of
the following criteria:

  * be a Flask developer
  * be a Flask extension maintainer
  * be a future Flask extension maintainer

Whether you are accepted as member or not is arbitrary and the decision
is made in an even more arbitrary process by the members of
Metaflask.  Rejections can be challenged by flamewars on the closed
issue.  On a more serious note: each member added needs a sponsor
who is a person already on Metaflask.  There is no formalized process
beyond that at the moment but maybe there should be a voting process.

What privileges do members have?

Members do not have any implied privileges as such.  Primarily they get
write access to this repository and most organizational repositories in the
pocoo organization at GitHub. This does not include the main sourcecode
repositories for Flask, Werkzeug or Jinja.  https://github.com/pocoo

Why would I want to become a member?

Raise the bus factor of Flask and the ecosystem and of course to
gain fame :)

What is a Stewardship?

Previously we had the problem that the extension registry did not
scale well.  The idea of stewardship is that for each project that
is listed in the projects/ folder there is at least one Metaflask
member that acts as a steward for that project so that the extension
index and similar things stays active.

What are a Steward’s responsibilities?

A Steward is primarily responsible for keeping the record of the
project in this repository active.  If they are the maintainers or
developers of that project they are responsible for the project as
such, if they just act as the index maintainer they are required to
ensure that the project status is kept updated regularly.

Primarily if a project becomes insecure, broken or unmaintained the
Steward is responsible for flagging it in the repository and
communicating this through the issue tracker so that a replacement
can be found or the project can be marked inactive to warn users.

Why is this a repo?

... instead of a wiki for instance.  The main reason is that it should
be possible to work with this as if it was a regular repository so
go through pull requests and other methods.  It also should eventually
act as the source for certain parts of the Flask website.

What else goes in this repo?

One of the things this repo will do is act as a general hub of
knowledge.  For instance lots of Flask extensions are so small that
it makes no sense for them to reinvent the wheel all the time.  As
such they can refer back to this project here.  For instance
extensions can refer back to styleguides and release workflows that
work for multiple projects.

Projects listed here that have an active Metaflask steward can also
manage their PEPs here if they so desire.

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