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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <>
Subject RE: Q: Notices in Code - Answered and Thanks Y'All
Date Sat, 30 Jul 2011 06:29:35 GMT
I'm not going to dig up the relevant texts.  Here's a recap:

1. I noticed that you put Apache notices in each and every text file you have committed to
the ooo SVN.

2. I asked if that was a requirement or simply your personal practice?  I must not have asked
it very well.  Here is the very top of my message:

"Simple version of the question: Is your putting notices on everything
your personal practice or is it a requirement that this be done with all
textual artifacts where notices are possible?"

3. Rob (not you) answered my message by pointing out where the instructions for use of the
Apache License by Apache authors were.

4. On Rob's reply, below Rob's link to those instructions, you added in-line,
"Right. Whenever possible."

5. I took that as my answer.   And somewhere on this thread I thought I'd said as much.

6. I posted the little ditty about getting answers to questions not asked because the thread
kept accumulating more advice after my question was already answered to my satisfaction. 
There was nothing wrong with the answers.  They just weren't responsive to my question.  (And
I was a little put out that the responders thought I didn't know that already.  I took that
as a reflection on the poor quality of my question as well, that it was taken as ignorance
that I do not possess. I have other ignorance, but not that.)

The oddness about the place of your response for me was because you put it below Rob's response
and not directly after my question, so I had to interpolate.  

I have a good-enough answer.  If that is still obtuse for you, let's just forget the whole
thing, OK?

 - Dennis

PS: I just added Copyright and Apache License notices everywhere I could in the SVN of my
project, just the way you do in .txt files, .sh (or .bat in my case), etc.  I did it while
downloading a new version of some software that takes over 6 GB total.  Now I think I'll start
reading Jack McDevitt's "Echo" while I am waiting for more of the download set to complete.

-----Original Message-----
From: Greg Stein [] 
Sent: Friday, July 29, 2011 21:56
Subject: RE: Q: Notices in Code - Answered and Thanks Y'All

Geezus. You are continuing to be obtuse. I have *no* idea what you're talking about.

On Jul 29, 2011 9:21 AM, "Dennis E. Hamilton" <> wrote:
> Greg, your short reply was completely sufficient.
> It was all I needed and it answered the question that I asked. 
> It was a little odd that you answered it where you did, but I got the answer.
> The question was about a practice that I observed you following, not about ALv2 nor the
difference between work contributed to Apache and when contributing work to a non-Apache project
under an ALv2 license. The gist of my note is about the apparent social dynamics of answers
to unasked questions. I've been noticing how often that happens on other dev lists I follow
and I was amused that it happened here with a question I asked.
> - Dennis
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Greg Stein [] 
> Sent: Friday, July 29, 2011 02:36
> To:
> Subject: RE: Q: Notices in Code - Answered and Thanks Y'All
> It seems there is some kind of subtext here, but it is so obtuse that I have
> no idea what is going on.
> So: was my short reply useful, or not?
> And note that my reply was also given as an augment to Rob's link to source
> header application.
> Dennis: be clear; *what* are you trying to say? I cannot read *any* takeaway
> from below.
> -g
> On Jul 28, 2011 7:44 PM, "Dennis E. Hamilton" <>
> wrote:
>> There's a story, perhaps apocryphal (i.e., like the bicycle shed story),
> about Tom Watson approaching a Sr.VP for Human Resources in a hallway and
> asking how college students get summer jobs at IBM. The Sr.VP said he'd get
> back to him.
>> I will say no more. You might imagine how this went South when the only
> thing Watson wanted to know was to what to tell a neighbor whose son wanted
> to apply for one of those jobs. The more experience you have in corporate
> life (and on some developer lists), you can imagine where this might have
> ended up instead. (Serious analysis and study, crash project, charts,
> slides, big conference room presentation, etc.)
>> However, Greg answered my question in his first reply on this thread:
>> "Right. Whenever possible."
>> It is useful to learn about RAT and the committers tools, although it
> doesn't apply to my situation. My question was not about how to make the
> notice, it was about how Greg seemed to stamp it onto every textual artifact
> he committed to SVN.
>> Two lessons:
>> 1. I need to be careful about answering the (actual) question being asked.
>> 2. When I ask questions, I need to be very clear what the question is (and
> still risking that won't be the question answered).
>> - Dennis
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Shane Curcuru []
>> Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2011 19:19
>> To:
>> Subject: Re: Q: Notices in Code
>> Apache RAT is in the incubator, and some projects use it to do source
>> code license checking and the like:
>> Note that the committers repository has two directories with other, much
>> simpler (but possibly useful) tools about checking or changing licenses
>> or other standard chunks of text in masses of source code:
>> /relicense
>> and
>> /tools
>> - Shane

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