New Maintainer Checklist

This is a guide used by existing maintainers to invite new maintainers. You might find it interesting but there’s nothing here users should have to know.

So, there’s someone who has been making consistently high-quality contributions to Homebrew for a long time and shown themselves able to make slightly more advanced contributions than just e.g. formula updates? Let’s invite them to be a maintainer!

First, send them the invitation email:

The Homebrew team and I really appreciate your help on issues, pull requests and
your contributions around $THEIR_CONTRIBUTIONS.

We would like to invite you to have commit access. There are no obligations,
but we'd appreciate your continuing help in keeping on top of contributions.

A few requests:

- please make pull requests on any changes to Homebrew/brew code or any
  non-trivial (e.g. not a test or audit improvement or version bump) changes
  to formulae code and don't merge them unless you get at least one approval
  and passing tests.
- use `brew pull` for formulae changes that require new bottles or change
  multiple formulae and let it auto-close issues wherever possible (it may
  take ~5m). When this isn't necessary use GitHub's "Merge pull request"
  button in "create a merge commit" mode for Homebrew/brew or "squash and
  merge" for a single formulae change. If in doubt, check with e.g. GitX that
  you've not accidentally added merge commits
- still create your branches on your fork rather than in the main repository
- if still in doubt please ask for help and we'll help you out - these are
  probably worth a read:
    - https://github.com/Homebrew/brew/blob/master/docs/Brew-Test-Bot-For-Core-Contributors.md
    - https://github.com/Homebrew/brew/blob/master/docs/Maintainer-Guidelines.md
    - possibly everything else in the documentation

How does that sound?

Thanks for all your work so far!

If they accept, follow a few steps to get them set up:

After a few weeks/months with no problems consider making them owners on the Homebrew GitHub organisation.

Now sit back, relax and let the new maintainers handle more of our contributions.