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From "Harry Metske" <>
Subject Re: author-tags Was: Trunk is now open for 2.8 stuff.
Date Mon, 31 Mar 2008 16:58:19 GMT
Although I'm not a committer I'd like to comment :
I think both of you are right, there is code that is submitted initially
fairly complete, and is not patched much afterwards, and if it is patched,
it is only small bug fixes. In those cases you would want to keep the
@author tags.

On the other hand there is code that is initially submitted as a simple
first prototype, and is afterwards greatly enhance by others. In those cases
you should remove the @author tags.

If it is not exactly mandated by ASF how to deal with, let everyone decide
for himself how to handle it, and you don't have to handle every piece of
code the same, for some pieces keep your @author tag, for others remove them

How about that, everybody happy ?


2008/3/31, Janne Jalkanen <>:
> >> Case in point: The author of LuceneSearchProvider has not
> >> contributed anything in what, two years?  Yet he still stands in
> >> as the @author.  Would you go to him to ask for help, or should
> >> you go to the mailing list?
> >
> > I'd ask the list, but I would likewise *know* that the author hasn't
> > been seen for two years, information that would be lost if the tag had
> > been removed.
> The @author tag does not encode that information.  Therefore, nothing
> would be lost, if it were removed (and it might probably be a good
> idea to remove it at that stage).
> The code should really stand on its own legs.
> > You're saying you have your name on code you don't understand?
> Yes.  Other people have modified code for which I am still the
> @author, and I can't really claim that I know what that code does
> anymore...  And I'm pretty sure I have modified a lot of the code
> that other people claim to be @author of, and they no longer have any
> idea what is going on.
> That's how it goes with projects that have been running for nearly
> seven years now.
> /Janne

met vriendelijke groet,
Harry Metske
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