When we first started there were just two of us, but as the months have progressed we've seen our contributors list begin to grow. It got me thinking about what it takes to be a good maintainer and how we'll make sure that the project continues to run smoothly for the years to come.
Blockee is a web application that lets you visualize improvements to your block. It was built as a Labs Friday project by Jesse Bounds, Nick Doiron, Serena Wales and myself. You can try it out at Blockee.org.
Some time ago, at the very beginning of opensource.com, I wrote a post on the possibility of using some archaic forms of law – champerty, barratry and maintenance – against patent trolls. And lo and behold someone is taking a run at it, although against a copyright troll, not a patent troll.
Let's bring back barratry, maintenance, and champerty for patent lawsuits. Combine that with a limitation on the assignment of patents and a lot of patent trolls would be out of business. This is what barratry, maintenance and champerty meant in England in 1916: