Good projects in need of loving maintainer

We have created a few open source projects over the years. Some of them are mildly popular, and some are like an ugly baby that only a mother could love. We can’t give each of them the love they deserve, so it’s time to let go.

Editor’s Note: To clarify, we’re not planning on walking away from these. Some we use every day (delayed_job, Graticule) but would love some help with. Others we don’t use as often and would gladly add an excited contributor or two.

Here are some projects that deserve a better maintainer:


Tinder is a Ruby API for interfacing with Campfire, the 37Signals chat application. We created it to integrate chat into a client’s site, but we no longer use it ourselves. Tinder has recently been updated to make use of the official campfire API.


acts_as_audited is an Active Record extension that logs all changes to your models in an audits table. It was my first Rails plugin, and It has served us well over the years. We still use it occasionally, but don’t really have a need for it to do any more than it already does.


Delayed Job is a database-based asynchronously priority queue system written by the awesome people at Shopify. We created a fork of it a while back, and that fork has gained some popularity. We still use and love it, and have some ideas to make it even better, but we don’t have time to do that.


Graticule is a geocoding API for looking up address coordinates and performing distance calculations, supporting many popular APIs. The code is clean and easily extensible.


acts_as_geocodable is a Rails plugin that uses Graticule to make your applications geo-aware. It is a great plugin, but has gotten a little stale. It needs updated for Rails 3 and can be made infinitely simpler by using named scopes for finding records.


This an Active Resource wrapper around v3 of the Pivotal Tracker API. I started working on it to power a little web service I was going to build, but the project got put on hold.


awesome_nested_set is an awesome implementation of the nested set pattern for Active Record. We have used it on many projects, but we haven’t done much with nested sets recently, so this project is better served by someone who is still using it.

Want to take one of these over?

If you want to take over one of these projects, then send us a pull request with a new feature or bug fix, and let us know that you want to take over maintenance. If it looks good, we’ll add you as an owner to the project and let you pull in your own changes.