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From Roland Weber <ROLWE...@de.ibm.com>
Subject RE: @author tags
Date Wed, 17 Mar 2004 07:36:28 GMT
Hello all,

Michael McGrady wrote:

> This is a really good idea, Oleg.  I am surprised, frankly, that we 
allow 
> people to use the @author tags without having signed the agreement 
> first.  That would be a real problem.

So that is one of the reasons for this discussion.
If you feel that @authors without CLA should not
be tagged, I happily agree that there is no problem
with the rest. Whoever signed a CLA will have
given adequate thought to legal implications.

Thanks for your information about the roles of
judge and jury. I'll keep that in mind. And also that
there are laws for punishing people who file dumb
lawsuits :-)

Michael also wrote:

> What are these "social issues"?  I keep hearing the label but don't 
> know the reality.  Are they important? 

The author tag is a recognition that the named
author has contributed. It's something to remember
and tell your friends about. Kind of an "I was here"
graffiti. Doesn't it feel good to know that somewhere
in the world, people you never even heard of are
browsing the source code and suddenly read your
name?
I once filed a bug report and fix for the GNU linker.
Years ago, but I still remember. (Gee, I forgot to
check whether my name was mentioned in the
change log ;-)

I think it is important, since some people will be
less inclined to participate in the community if
they are afraid their share in the result is not
attributed to them.

Oleg wrote:

> I think a simple extension to the existing changelog in a form of 
> 'proposed by', 'inspired by', 'contributed by', 'verified by'
> 'helped by', 'tested by' clauses per major change/commit would be
> sufficient for the time being. Until the dust settles at the
> Jakarta PMC level

What I like best about this proposal is the
option to define new kinds of recognition
on the fly. "inspired by" - that's cool :-)

cheers,
  Roland


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