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From "Adam Winer" <>
Subject Re: @author tags
Date Thu, 01 Mar 2007 02:49:25 GMT
I agree as well.  There's something a little nice about
@author tags as a way of giving credit to the people
who aren't the obvious people on a project.  But they're
rarely kept up to date, and the implication of ownership
is not very OSS-friendly.

-- Adam

On 2/26/07, Craig McClanahan <> wrote:
> On 2/26/07, Scott O'Bryan <> wrote:
> > -1 for removing them.  I don't see this as an "ownership" issue.  It's
> > helpful to know who in the community might be able to answer questions
> > on a particular piece of code.  I know with the Portal work I did, it
> > was very handy to know WHO had written a piece of code, especially since
> > they may not me monitoring the lists.
> >
> This argument does not scale in the long term.  My own experience is a
> case in point -- my name is still splattered over lots of the Catalina
> sources inside Tomcat, even though:
> * I have not worked on them for four years (but I still get >20 personal
>   emails for Tomcat help every week).
> * In many cases, the number of lines of code that were "mine" originally
>   is less than half of the total -- so the tag is totally misleading.
> * The real people you want to talk to are the ones who have been making
>   recent commits, not whoever wrote the code in the first place.
> I am strongly i+1 on removing @author tags, for the community related
> reasons that have been previously published.
> Craig McClanahan

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