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From "Garrett Rooney" <roo...@electricjellyfish.net>
Subject Re: Author Tags
Date Wed, 12 Jul 2006 21:52:30 GMT
On 7/11/06, Garrett Rooney <rooneg@electricjellyfish.net> 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?

Ok, since consensus seems to be leaning towards getting rid of them
(and James is ok with it, and like 98% of the @author lines are his),
I just removed them in r421427.

If anybody objects feel free to roll it back.

-garrett

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