Consider the case where a person has created a fork of a project. The authors of the original project don’t want to be acknowledged as authors of the new project, as this implies some endorsement of the new fork. And/or the original project might be abandoned and the original authors might not be responsive to questions about whether they want to be listed as authors in the new project. And/or some people have authored a lot of code but no longer want to be bothered with questions about the project. Yet, the people currently maintaining the project may not want to claim authorship of the whole thing, and/or be perceived as doing such.
In such a situation, it would be helpful if there were a distinction between Authors and Maintainers in Cargo.toml, and it would be useful if crates.io and other things showed the Maintainers’ contact details instead of the Authors’ contact details, when the Maintainers are listed.
Do people agree it would be useful to add a “Maintainers” field to Cargo.toml for this, and change crates.io as I suggest above?
Would such a change be significantly problematic? If so, in what way?