This really belongs on nuget.org, but since there is no way to contact the folks there I'm giving it a try on Codeplex.
I've been searching for a policy on the rights to use names on nuget.org - and hopefully a procedure for resolving disputes - but I don't find anything. Of course, if some of the same people are here, then this will work. Otherwise, I hope someone can give
me a better contact to use.
The issue I'm facing is that there is somebody (name not known) who is viewed by nuget.org as the "owner" of the nunit package. The existence of this package prevents me from publishing one using the official nunit release. The existence of nuget
(perhaps unavoidably) creates this problem, but no way is provided to resolve it.
Of course, I have already used the "message to owner" function on nuget.org to ask the owner to release the nunit name back to the nunit project, and I'm hoping that will have a positive outcome. But it still strikes me that there needs to be more
Third party releases are better than no release at all, but they nevertheless present problems:
1. The author has no knowledge of how the release is created or what's in it. This is not so much of a problem for packages with a single assembly, but for those with multiple assemblies and particularly with tool executables, the manner of installation
2. Bugs come to the upstream project, usually without any info that a non-standard installation was used.
The natural problems are exacerbated by what appear to be some lacks (unless I missed them) in nuget.org itself.
1. As stated above, there is no stated policy about the rights to a name and no way to resolve disputes.
2. There is no way to submit a bug on the package itself.
3. There appears to be no oversight to ensure that license requirements are complied with.
4. There is no published way for the copyright holder to complain if the license requirements are not met.
5. There isn't even a place to contact the folks who run the gallery.
Am I missing something? These all seem to be very basic things you would want in a gallery, not merely to protect authors but also to protect the companies that use the gallery from liability.