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From Geir Magnusson Jr. <ge...@apache.org>
Subject Re: No ICLA for some authors in Sun's JAXP 1.3 donation
Date Wed, 13 Apr 2005 09:45:50 GMT

On Apr 13, 2005, at 1:22 AM, Neeraj Bajaj wrote:

> Geir Magnusson Jr. wrote:
>> On Apr 12, 2005, at 10:20 PM, Jeff Suttor wrote:
>>> On Tue, 2005-04-12 at 07:33 -0400, Geir Magnusson Jr. wrote:
>>>> What I would do is just remove the names from the code, and in the
>>>> commit message, note that you are removing as they are internal Sun
>>>> committers, that their work was done at Sun before the contribution 
>>>> was
>>>> made, and you are removing them to eliminate the confusion that 
>>>> arose.
>>> I would prefer that my @author stay intact.
>>> I have just sent in an ICLA.
>> It doesn't matter for this case - the existence of the author tags 
>> reflects work that happened before the software was donated to 
>> Apache, so from a legal standpoint, it's moot.  I know this may come 
>> across as harsh, and I don't mean to be - the use of author tags is a 
>> community issue (and a generally contentious one!)  and one that the 
>> ASF board has recommended against.  However it is up to the 
>> individual project to decide how author tags are handled.
> My opinion would be not to remove the author tag. Author tag shows the 
> contribution of a person and is a good contact point in case any one 
> needs to clarifiy certain behavior. Actually it would be good if Jeff 
> can be made a committer as part of the code grant because of his 
> contribution in so many files. His becoming committer  would also be 
> good for the ASF project and the community.

That's entirely up to the community :)


> - Neeraj
>> Personally, I'd find it utterly baffling to find an author tag in the 
>> file with no related commit by that author.  An alternative to just 
>> erasing them, in order to preserve that information  in some way, 
>> would be to move it to the NOTICE file for the project?
>> An alternative also is to contribute to the project and become a 
>> committer.  you do have the paperwork done :)
Geir Magnusson Jr                                  +1-203-665-6437

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