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From Doug Cutting <cutt...@apache.org>
Subject Re: commited docs vs wiki -- was: Re: [jira] Commented: (LUCENE-805) New Lucene Demo
Date Wed, 28 Feb 2007 22:45:17 GMT
Chris Hostetter wrote:
> I kind of glossed over this when Nicolas first sent it -- but it makes
> total sense ... if a redaio button in Jira is legaly binding enough to
> allow someone with a signed CLA to commit into the repository and include
> in a release, then a checkbox on a "web form based document repository"
> (ie: cwiki) should be enough to allow someone with a signed CLA to export
> all the documentaiton and include it in a release.

I don't think the analogy is perfect.  Exporting the wiki would be a 
bulk, automatic process, while applying a patch is a manual and 
incremental.  Part of a committer's duty when considering a patch is to 
determine whether the contributor likely had the right to contribute it. 
  Doing this on a patch-by-patch basis is not so bad: chances are you're 
somewhat familiar with the contributor from the mailing list.  A 
substantial contribution from out-of-nowhere should cause you to raise 
your eyebrows and learn a bit about the contributor before committing 
it.  But doing it on a wholesale export of a wiki is much harder, since 
the wiki is constructed over years by a wide variety of contributors, 
and thus committers might not examine every contribution to the wiki 
they export.

Doug

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