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From Stefan Bodewig <>
Subject Re: [general] Tracking Contributors in the POM
Date Mon, 23 Feb 2009 16:27:54 GMT
On 2009-02-21, Henri Yandell <> wrote:

> On Fri, Feb 20, 2009 at 8:27 AM, Stefan Bodewig <> wrote:
>> On 2009-02-20, Torsten Curdt <> wrote:

>>>> If somebody provides a patch in JIRA and we commit it, do we
>>>> automatically add the submitter as a contributor to the POM (in
>>>> Ant-land we'd do so, well, not inside the POM, of course)?

>>> Not sure there is a policy.

>> Thought so.

> Yep. Personally I add people when it's a new feature or notable
> enhancement, but not for bugfixes. Loosely speaking.

>>> I've usually added contributors only if it's more than just 1-2
>>> patches. Of course I name them in the commit.

This means my own gut feelings are in line with existing practice,
good 8-)

> The JIRA contribution report (sales pitch! :) ) can help here.

That sales pitch worked.  Can I see it in action anywhere?

>> Those statements really downplay the importance of very few
>> individuals to the original code.  I feel a bit uncomfortable hiding
>> their names behind "contributors of Ant".

> We should just sign everything "The Commons" :)

Well, maybe.  POMs encourage listing of individuals and in my
experience this can be a good thing - attracting new contributors.
Once you are a recognized part of "The Commons", seeing your name
becomes less important.

I'll let this issue (listing the original contributors of ant's code
to compress) sit for now.


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