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From "Frank W. Zammetti" <fzli...@omnytex.com>
Subject Re: Feature sponsorship proposal
Date Tue, 08 Apr 2008 17:22:44 GMT
On Tue, April 8, 2008 9:30 am, Martin Gilday wrote:
> How do you decide if the dontated feature is large enough to warrant
> creditation?

All of my open-source projects run under the idea that *every*
contribution of *any* size should be acknowledged.  Each of them (JWP and
DataVision for example) include a list of contributors somewhere (JWP has
a separate contributors file:
http://javawebparts.svn.sourceforge.net/viewvc/javawebparts/trunk/javawebparts/contributors.txt?view=markup
while DataVision has it as part of it's changelog:
http://datavision.svn.sourceforge.net/viewvc/datavision/trunk/ChangeLog?view=markup
as well as the Credits section of the web site and documentation) in which
we say what they contributed and simply say thanks.  Even if they just
point something out that a committer later addresses, i.e., they don't
contribute code or documentation something "concrete", they still deserve
a mention IMO.

(I don't know what project Don was referring to originally, but all the
ones I run have this basic philosophy as he described)

> Do you take it away once the feature has changed substantially over
> time?

IMO, no.  You just keep building up the list forever.  I don't see how you
do otherwise.  Just because the code someone contributed is no longer in
use doesn't mean acknolwedgement of their involvement should be taken
away.  They still took the time to contribute in some fashion and
therefore deserve to be listed as long as the project continues.

Frank

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