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From Michael McGrady <m...@michaelmcgrady.com>
Subject Re: @author tags
Date Wed, 10 Mar 2004 18:59:43 GMT
My understanding of human psychology leads me to think that whomever came 
up with this idea has underestimated the importance of the @author tags to 
the open source community.

At 09:49 AM 3/10/2004, you wrote:
>Michael, are you saying that removing @author tags would be a mistake? 
>What in particular worries you?  In what way do you think it would "bite 
>us on the butt"?
>
>Mike
>
>Michael McGrady wrote:
>
>>I personally think that this is a much more important mistake than people 
>>may realize.  I would counsel you to go slowly on this one.  This one may 
>>bite you on the butt.
>>At 11:02 PM 3/9/2004, you wrote:
>>
>>>I personally regret this decision. I feel the author tag may be pretty
>>>much the only motivating factor for casual contributions. But I will not
>>>object
>>>
>>>Oleg
>>>
>>>
>>>On Wed, 2004-03-10 at 04:32, Michael Becke wrote:
>>> > The ASF has recently recommended that we discontinue use of @author
>>> > tags.  When first starting out I always enjoyed seeing my name in
>>> > "lights", though I do agree with the ASF's opinion on this matter.  If
>>> > we come to a consensus to remove @authors I suggest that we remove them
>>> > from all existing code, as well as leave them out of new additions.
>>> > Any comments?
>>> >
>>> > Mike
>>> >
>>> >
>>> > Begin forwarded message:  ASF Board Summary for February 18, 2004
>>> >
>>> > <snip>
>>> > >   - author tags are officially discouraged. these create difficulties
>>> > > in
>>> > >     establishing the proper ownership and the protection of our
>>> > >     committers. there are other social issues dealing with
>>> > > collaborative
>>> > >     development, but the Board is concerned about the legal
>>> > > ramifications
>>> > >     around the use of author tags
>>> > >
>>> > >   - it is quite acceptable and encouraged to recognize developers'
>>> > > efforts
>>> > >     in a CHANGES file, or some other descriptive file which is
>>> > > associated
>>> > >     with the overall PMC or release rather than individual files.
>>> > <snip>
>>> >
>>> >
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