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From Paul Querna <c...@force-elite.com>
Subject Re: Author Tags
Date Wed, 12 Jul 2006 06:52:33 GMT
Garrett Rooney wrote:
> In the spirit of tackling the potentially contentious subjects early
> on, how do people feel about @author tags?
> I know some developers are very attached to them, but personally I'm
> not a big fan.  They tend to become less and less accurate as time
> goes on (if you rewrite half a file, do you add your @author tag?  if
> you rewrite the whole thing do you remove the initial one?), and they
> encourage territoriality in the codebase that really doesn't have any
> place in an open source project.  The only real purpose they serve is
> to ensure that people get credit, and that is already taken care of by
> other means, committers are listed on the project web site, and
> contributors are acknowledged in commit logs and changelogs.
> There's no hard and fast rule about such things at the ASF, projects
> are free to do as they wish, so if people feel strongly we can
> certainly leave them in, but I figured it was worth bringing up early
> on, so if we decide to remove them we can do so now, before people get
> used to having them around.
> Thoughts?

I don't like them much, and like you said, all the information is 
present in other better places.

+1 to no @author tags.


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