I created a pull-request on GitHub repository whose last activity is half a year ago. But I am not sure whether this patch would be reviewed by developer. I do want this patch be applied to the repository.

I thought some way to notify the patch to the developer, but I am wondering which of these is the most effective way.

  • tweet
  • GitHub comment
  • mail

Could you tell me the effective way to notify patch to developer?

  • I recently got a PR merged that was close to 3 years old … sometimes all it needs is a bit of time. While months or years are generally unreasonable, giving the maintainers a couple of weeks should be OK – no need to annoy them with extra notifications in addition to the original notification they got about the PR.
    – amon
    Commented Jun 20, 2017 at 20:44

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A @ping on the PR itself seems the most "polite" to me. Alternatively, GitHub recently introduced a reviewers feature, so adding the relative developer there may also be useful.

If neither generate any response, I'd go for a private polite email. Using a tweet seems to me like publicly declaring that someone isn't properly maintaining their open-source project. I very much doubt that would get you the response you want.

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    FYI You can't ask for a review on GitHub if you don't have write access to the repository.
    – Zimm i48
    Commented Jun 21, 2017 at 11:13

The most effective way is usually to ping on the PR itself. Beside this, you could try a direct email.

Beside this you can maintain your own fork alright. That's the strength of FOSS after all!

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