One of the problems with projects that fizzle out is it can often leave contributors wondering what's happening. This is especially true if there is no public source control which people can track.
One of the tools I use all the time is EasyTag although it hasn't made a development release since 2008. People have submitted patches to the mailing list and via SourceForge. However the last sighting of the maintainer was back in February claiming no time to do active development but happy to take patches.
In some frustration I created a git mirror from the historical tarballs and got an initial flurry of interest. That soon fizzled out but I assume as the tool works people are happy as it is and if it breaks patches will be forthcoming. For the people that care there is at least a live version of HEAD. I guess the project won't be dead until the last user stops caring.
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