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From "Carsten Ziegeler" <cziege...@s-und-n.de>
Subject RE: [Propsal] Remove author tags from docs
Date Thu, 03 Jul 2003 13:55:57 GMT
Bertrand Delacretaz wrote:
>
> Le Jeudi, 3 juil 2003, à 15:25 Europe/Zurich, Carsten Ziegeler a écrit :
>
> > ...So you suggest a limit, like if there are more than three authors,
> > it's
> > a community effort, right?
>
> I'd base it more on the document type than on the number of authors.
> The "updating" document that we've been working on, for example, is
> clearly a community effort, whereas other documents can have several
> authors who have all been contributing important and original content
> and who would like to be credited.
>
> > Hmm, sounds reasonable, so should we change
> > all docs containing more than three authors?
>
> I'd say the ones that fall into the same category as the "updating"
> document.
>
> It is hard to define precise rules I think, but what you could do if
> you remove authors names is make a mail to this list (or write
> [AUTHORS] in the CVS comment) so that people can complain if they'd
> like their name to be re-added.
>
Ah ok,I think in general this is a good suggestion. Agreed, let's decide
on a per case base. Too many authors might be a good indication.

> > But of course there is a potential problem: if someone changes a doc
> > and adds himself to the list of authors (even if he changes only one
> > line/word) then this doc will soon exceed the limit...
>
> Right - people shouldn't add their name in authors unless they have
> contributed "significantly" to the document, which is again a fairly
> subjective decision.
>
Yes, that's the same problem with when to add an author to a source code
listing.

Thanks for the good ideas!
Carsten


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