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From "Gary Gregory" <>
Subject RE: [all] Line width and such minutiae
Date Tue, 28 Mar 2006 23:33:28 GMT
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Henri Yandell []
> Sent: Tuesday, March 28, 2006 2:27 PM
> To: Jakarta Commons Developers List
> Subject: Re: [all] Line width and such minutiae
> On 3/28/06, Sandy McArthur <> wrote:
> > I have searched some and the arguments don't hold water with me.
> Main reasons I cba to put my name on stuff I touch or create nowadays:
> * Private emails asking questions, offering patches etc. It starts to
> up.
> * It's an effort to put @author in. I'm lazy. Lots of names in one
> file does start to feel spammy.
> * It's pretty minor in terms of recognition.
> > I'm proud of the code I've contributed and I think an @author tag is
> > proper recognition. I feel strongly enough about this that I'd
> > not contribute to apache at all than loose that recognition. We are
> > not the "Apache Borg". We are a group of individuals that enjoy
> > programming. I am not willing to be assimilated and if the rest of
> > apache has a problem with that then revoke my commit rights.
> Until we decide as a community to remove the @author bits, you're
> welcome to keep adding them in. I'm pretty sure we've not made any
> community decisions as that thread would have stretched on for a long
> time.

Based on the February 18, 2004, Apache Software Foundation Board of
Directors Meeting Minutes, author tags are "discouraged".


       Although initiated due to the current efforts for Spam Assassin,
       the board discussed at length the issues and guidelines regarding
       copyright ownership for the ASF.  It was agreed that all files
       should have 1 single copyright to the ASF.  Copyrights extend
       to the work as a whole, and the ASF must have these.  The
       use of the CHANGES files should note any "history" regarding
       copyrights and that the use of 'author' tags should be
       discouraged for this and other reasons.


> It's not a case of borg btw; the alternative to @author appears to be
> listing the people involved in a project somewhere. Might be
> interesting to do that per release :) Very Sesame St; "Commons Lang
> 2.2 came to you via the work of ....".
> To refer directly to Rahul's "some of us believe" bit; I also believe
> that 50% of javadoc is a distraction to the code :) I doubt we're
> going to change that.
> Hen
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