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From "Antonio Petrelli" <>
Subject Re: Contributors list (WAS: Re: Feature sponsorship proposal)
Date Wed, 09 Apr 2008 14:49:42 GMT
2008/4/9, Martin Cooper <>:
> On Wed, Apr 9, 2008 at 7:03 AM, Antonio Petrelli <
> wrote:
> > 2008/4/8, Antonio Petrelli <>:
> > > I meant, if a contributor helped with the help of a company, then we
> > should
> > > write:
> > >  Wendy Windham (FooBar Co.)
> > > with no links, something really simple.
> >
> > With an e-mail in Tiles-dev mailing list, Greg Reddin made me notice
> > that Shale maintains a list of contributors in their master pom:
> >
> > What about doing something similar in Struts?
> How do you define "contributor"? Does someone who submits a patch to
> correct
> a typo in a comment get their name on this list?

Yes, he/she is a contributor, it does not matter if he/she provides a patch,
a piece of docs, or corrects a typo. I think it is a way of saying "hey,
thank you" even if he/she did little work.

This is similar to the @author discussion, and the questions I
> just asked are part of the reason that we decided, long ago, to not use
> @author tags. I'd just as soon not reintroduce the issue in this guise.

This is not similar, IMHO, since the code belongs to the foundation, but the
contribution came from the outside. Remember that, with a contribution, a
contributor does not have any copyright. At least we should thank him/her.
Moreover, this is a way for finding new committers.

I haven't had time to even start catching up with the thread that spawned
> this one, but note that AFAIK we cannot give attribution to companies for
> contributions to the project, due to the nature of the foundation.

In this thread I wish to talk about individuals, not companies.


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