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From Stefano Mazzocchi <stef...@apache.org>
Subject Re: [proposal] drop @author tags from source files
Date Tue, 26 Nov 2002 21:36:22 GMT
Peter Donald wrote:
> On Tue, 26 Nov 2002 12:49, Greg Stein wrote:
>>Oh, the data is always in CVS, or maybe a CHANGES file, or somewhere. But
>>if the code gets abandoned, then you could always just drop it on the
>>floor. If it got integrated, then there is certainly a worry about how it
>>got there without a maintainer. Or if it *had* a maintainer, but they
>>left, then why aren't other developers taking responsibility to maintain
>>it or to jettison it.
> The situation essentially arises from something I have observed in ant-land. 
> There are several tasks - usually integration with external systems such as 
> perforce - that none of the developers actually use. As a consequence it is 
> difficult for ant-dev to maintain without help. 
> There was developers who will maintain these parts but other (the lead) 
> ant-dev peeps felt uncomfortable with me nominating these people because they 
> essentially were only developing a small portion of the code - fine grained 
> permissions would have changed their minds but Apache does not have the 
> required infrastructure. 
> There are plenty of similar cases in ant - to the point where I was 
> semi-regularly applying patches to code that seemed okay but I had no way of 
> testing - after the submitter had complained loudly for long enough :)
> Usually I would either okay it with the original developers, notify the 
> original develoeprs or use the submitters as guinea pigs and it seemed to 
> work. Removing the author tags would make it soooooo much harder to do this. 

I have also the other view: I keep receiving email from people asking 
for help on ant tasks I wrote but not maintain anymore and I have to 
point them to the mail list.

Just, FYI.

Stefano Mazzocchi                               <stefano@apache.org>

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