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From Adrian Crum <>
Subject Re: [ALL] @authors tags
Date Tue, 05 Apr 2011 15:50:45 GMT
I didn't propose anything - I simply stated that the information is 

Having all of that author information in the pom file is unnecessary, in 
my opinion. If I'm researching source code, all I care about is what was 
changed and why. The author of the change is inconsequential. If I 
really need to know who wrote the change I can follow the path from the 
commit log to the Jira issue to the contributor of the patch.

In OFBiz we eliminated all author information from the source code and 
no one has missed it. We don't keep it on the website either.


On 4/5/2011 8:41 AM, Jochen Wiedmann wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 5, 2011 at 5:35 PM, Adrian Crum
> <>  wrote:
>> The author information in the pom file is also redundant - it already exists
>> in greater detail in the commit logs.
> 1.) Authors aren't necessarily committers. That's what the
> "contributors" section in the POM is for.
> 2.) Commit logs contain the authors user ID. Nothing less, but also
> nothing more. The POM allows to specify full name, email, timezone
> information, and the like.
> 3.) You aren't actually proposing that we grep the complete Apache
> commit logs in order to create a page like
>       dynamically, are you? Considering the multitude of projects and
> the frequency of running "mvn site", that would most likely kill the
> SVN server.

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