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From "Sebb (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (FUNCTOR-17) Remove @author tags
Date Fri, 11 May 2012 23:39:50 GMT


Sebb commented on FUNCTOR-17:

There is a big difference between someone voluntarily adding their name to an @author tag
in code and the id that SVN automatically adds to commit logs.

Also, the proposal here is about removing the @author tags from the source code.
Presumably the @author wants to be credited; therefore if we remove the tag, we should ensure
that the contribution is credited elsewhere, e.g. the pom.xml. We are just moving the credit.

If a committer wants to be credited other than in the SVN log, then it is up to them to add
their name to the pom.xml.

I think it is wrong to add people's names to the pom without an indication that they wish
to be credited.
For example, I have committed to many/most Commons components, but I don't wish to be credited
in all the poms.

bq. I'd say it's more or less a requirement in that we want people to be credited for their

My view is that we should not _automatically_ credit every contributor; there should be some
indication that they want credit. Not everyone does. But if they wish to be credited, then
of course we should permit this.

> Remove @author tags
> -------------------
>                 Key: FUNCTOR-17
>                 URL:
>             Project: Commons Functor
>          Issue Type: Task
>            Reporter: Bruno P. Kinoshita
>            Priority: Minor
>              Labels: cleanup, task
> [functor] codebase has many @author tags, but ASF board recommended removal of author
tags[1] and other projects in Apache Commons have already removed them. We should remove them
in [functor] too, before the first release.
> [1]

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