Abandoned projects policy
This policy describes the process by which a Read the Docs project slug may be changed.
If you want to de-list a project’s fork from search results, please see Unofficial and unmaintained projects policy.
Conflict between the current use of the name and a different suggested use of the same name occasionally arise. This document aims to provide general guidelines for solving the most typical cases of such conflicts.
While Read the Docs is not a backup service, the core team of Read the Docs does their best to keep that content accessible indefinitely in its published form. However, in certain edge cases the greater community’s needs might outweigh the individual’s expectation of ownership of a project name.
The use cases covered by this policy are:
- Abandoned projects
Renaming a project so that the original project name can be used by a different project
- Active projects
Resolving disputes over a name
The user of Read the Docs is solely responsible for being reachable by the core team for matters concerning projects that the user owns. In every case where contacting the user is necessary, the core team will try to do so, using the following means of contact:
E-mail address on file in the user’s profile
E-mail addresses found in the given project’s documentation
E-mail address on the project’s home page
The core team will stop trying to reach the user after six weeks and the user will be considered unreachable.
A project is considered abandoned when ALL of the following are met:
Owner is unreachable (see Reachability)
The project has no proper documentation being served (no successful builds) or does not have any releases within the past twelve months
No activity from the owner on the project’s home page (or no home page found).
All other projects are considered active.
Renaming of an abandoned project
Projects are never renamed solely on the basis of abandonment.
An abandoned project can be renamed (by appending
-abandoned and a
uniquifying integer if needed) for purposes of reusing the name when ALL of the
following are met:
The project has been determined abandoned by the rules described above
The candidate is able to demonstrate their own failed attempts to contact the existing owner
The candidate is able to demonstrate that the project suggested to reuse the name already exists and meets notability requirements
The candidate is able to demonstrate why a fork under a different name is not an acceptable workaround
The project has fewer than 100 monthly pageviews
The core team does not have any additional reservations.
Name conflict resolution for active projects
The core team of Read the Docs are not arbiters in disputes around active projects. The core team recommends users to get in touch with each other and solve the issue by respectful communication.
The Python Package Index (PyPI) policy for claiming abandoned packages (PEP-0541) heavily influenced this policy.