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From Sylvain Wallez <>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Removing author tags
Date Tue, 03 May 2005 12:55:51 GMT
Stefano Mazzocchi wrote:

> Sylvain Wallez wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> We discussed more that one year ago the removal of @author tags in 
>> our source files (see [1] and [2]) but although the consensus was to 
>> remove them, we never actually did it. Now most if not all new 
>> classes added since then have no @author tag, leading to a strange 
>> situation where "old" authors are named but not newer ones.
>> So I propose to remove @author tags with people names from all our 
>> source files.
> +1
>> Additionally, if you agree with removing names, do you want source 
>> files to have:
>  [X] no @author tag at all,
>> Additionally, non-committers that have contributed significant 
>> portions of code and think they will lose visibility with this 
>> removal can make their voice heard. We will consider updating either 
>> the release notes or the credits file.
> I think this should be done automatically, not depending on their 
> voices being raised or not.

Bertrand's script already extracted all @author tags, which allows 
automated processing to build an authors file.

Also, when we commit a patch, the rule is to add the name of the patch 
contributor status.xml. Is it enough or should we also add it to a 
global authors file?


Sylvain Wallez                        Anyware Technologies  
Apache Software Foundation Member     Research & Technology Director

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