Joel Spolsky’s infamous Joel Test is a quick heuristic test for checking a software engineering team’s technical chops. I’ve come up with a similar test that we can use to decide whether a new package we’re considering depending on is well-maintained.
Answer “yes” or “no” for the below questions by checking the new dependency’s website (if any), project page (npm, PyPI, etc.), and source control hosting (GitHub, GitLab, etc.).