Marmalade was an ELPA compatible package repository that allowed users to upload their own packages. Package maintainers did not have to be the same as the maintainers of the original code. This is somewhat like major GNU/Linux distributions.

The repository had availability problems and is now discontinued.

About Marmalade

Marmalade is a fully EmacsLisp project. There is an Elnode web application by NicFerrier in github.