I've recently reused the source code from an old project - Anonymous Publishing that seems to have been abandoned around 2008 as a Drupal 5 development version. There has never been an official release of Anonymous Publishing
I'm interested in the functionality Anonymous Publishing offers for my some of my own Drupal 7 sites, and have started work to convert it to Drupal 7. The conversion project is currently in my sandbox. However, the entire idea for this module and about 80 % of the code in the sandbox is from the original author (Ronny López).
I plan to develop this to the point when it is fully debugged and tested, and ready to be placed under drupal.org/projects as an "official" contributed module.
I wonder: What is the "right" thing to (do according to protocol on Drupal.org)? I believe my options are:
To request to become the official maintainer of the abandoned module, and to release my Drupal 7 port as a "continuation" of the abandoned module.
To release my project as a "new" module, with just an acknowledgement pointing back to the previous project.
My question is: What is generally considered the correct thing to do in a case like this?