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From DM Smith <dmsmith...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Author Tags
Date Fri, 06 Jul 2007 12:10:07 GMT
As a user of Lucene, I can go either way.
With an active developer community their need is lessened.

The greatest value I have found in them is being able to track down  
"duplicate" bugs. If I find a particular bug in one piece of code, I  
try to find other places where the same bug exists, on the assumption  
that people use cut and paste way too much and that each developer,  
for sanity's sake, uses a subset of a language and a set of personal  
coding patterns in writing code (same mistakes repeated).

My question is whether contrib should have a separate policy?
If the @author is removed from the file, should we make sure that  
there is a CREDITS.txt for the contrib with the info in it.

The reason I ask this is that some times I see posts here asking what  
the code intentions of the author were.

-- DM Smith

On Jul 5, 2007, at 6:21 PM, Grant Ingersoll wrote:

> Solr just suggested (http://www.mail-archive.com/solr- 
> dev@lucene.apache.org/msg04883.html) that they remove Author tags  
> for a variety of good reasons.  What do people think of doing this  
> in Lucene Java?
>
> The ASF seems to discourage them, but ultimately leaves it up to  
> the PMC (which, to my knowledge, hasn't made an official statement  
> on).  I don't think they belong in core, but could understand an  
> argument for them being in contrib files since they are often the  
> work of one or two people (not in all cases, though).  I also want  
> to make sure we give proper credit to people (which I think we do  
> via CHANGES.txt, but perhaps others would like some other credit  
> system)
>
> I don't feel particularly compelled to remove them (I think my  
> search for @author turned up 500+ matches) at the moment, but I  
> think we should discourage putting them in going forward and we can  
> remove them as we come across them.  Of course, removing them all  
> at once isn't that hard either.
>
> Anyone have any preference?
>
> -Grant
>
>
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