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From Tim Larson <>
Subject Re: ASF Board Summary for February 18, 2004
Date Thu, 26 Feb 2004 18:42:41 GMT
On Thu, Feb 26, 2004 at 07:00:09PM +0100, Torsten Curdt wrote:
> Steven Noels wrote:
> >On 26 Feb 2004, at 17:12, Torsten Curdt wrote:
> >
> >>+ and we remove all author tags
> >
> >
> >I find this just a little bit too reactionary - especially for the 
> >little known/used areas of code. We haven't had "ownership issues" 
> >because of them in the past, not? These tags sometimes help to find a 
> >contact, when questions remain unanswered on the list.
> Well, a lot of people gave their +1
> I am far from pushing this - actually I see it exactly like you do.
> ...but IIRC the board explicitly discouraged the author tag and
> we also had a lengthy discussion about this. Since we need to
> update the license anyway, I thought this might be the right time
> to follow the board's advice.

Just to clarify my +1...
I do NOT think removing the author tags is a generally good idea.
I voted +1 because since (unless I misinterpreted) the board is
just about requiring it, so I thought why not do it now.

An author tag just says this person put significant work into this
file.  Since there is no copyright notice next to the @author tag,
and there IS a clear license or reference to a license right above
it *with a copyright notice and the name of the copyright holder*
I have a hard time seeing how the board finds a problem with the
presence of the author tags.

If the board makes us (or convinces us that it is best to) remove
the tags then I do not have a problem with my name leaving with
the rest of the names, but I will think this is a silly way to
"encourage" voluntary collaborative development.

--Tim Larson

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