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From Andrew Jaquith <>
Subject Re: Trunk is now open for 2.8 stuff.
Date Sun, 30 Mar 2008 14:54:23 GMT
I think we may be reading too much into the ASF guidelines by  
recommending we remove @author tags. I know for sure that Apache is  
not enforcing this guideline very strictly. For example, look at the  
author tags for this source file:


I agree with Murray: @author tags are valuable because they help  
identify expertise and knowledge associated with particular bits of  
code. They are good for "archeology." Removing them would do more harm  
than good.

On an upbeat note: congrats to the team, collectively, for the 2.6  
release. Onwards and upwards to 2.8! I'm going to check in my first  
bits (some auth code refactoring) today.


On Mar 30, 2008, at 5:23 AM, Janne Jalkanen wrote:
> That is my understanding, yes.  Perhaps our mentors can tell us more?
> (In any case, you should go to the -user and -dev mailing lists  
> instead of the people personally if there is a problem.  These are  
> ASF projects, not any individual's.  I tend to ignore personal  
> emails asking talking about JSPWiki these days.  Most things are  
> better discussed on the mailing list.)
> /Janne
> On 30 Mar 2008, at 10:35, Murray Altheim wrote:
>> Janne Jalkanen wrote:
>>> Hi ho folks!
>> [...]
>>> * Code needs also to be attributed to the ASF - so no more @author  
>>> -tags.
>> Is this an Apache rule? If it isn't, I would *much* prefer to keep  
>> the
>> author tags (which aren't a copyright issue, they provide necessary  
>> and
>> often valuable attribution, e.g., who to go to when there's a  
>> problem).
>> I think it'd be a real mistake to remove them if we didn't have to  
>> (and
>> if we did, while I know it'd be pointless to argue with the Apache
>> Foundation over this, I do think it's a Bad Idea not to include  
>> author
>> information.
>> Murray
>> ...........................................................................
>> Murray Altheim <murray07 at>                            
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