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From David Shane Holden <>
Subject Re: Code ownership (was Re: whoweare.html)
Date Wed, 06 Nov 2002 03:32:48 GMT
B. W. Fitzpatrick wrote:
> Are you serious? Quite frankly, I find that behavior reprehensible--It
> reeks of strange fraternity initiation rites.
> If I write, test, and commit a piece of good solid code and someone
> else goes pissing in it just to leave their scent and to show me that
> I don't 'own' the code, I am *not* going to be amused by it.
> Ownership of code shouldn't be taught by this kind of negative
> reinforcement, and I would suggest that the quality of the code
> suffers as a result.

So you're saying it's ok for you to brag to everybody that you wrote the 
'good' code, that sounds pretty lame.  How would you show someone that 
the code they _donated_ isn't theirs, its the communities?

>>One thing that *could* be a problem is that @author tags can give the 
>>impression that a cretain piece of code is "maintained" by the authors, 
>>or that they are responsible for it, and this can reduce peer review.
> Yes.  Also, I think that placing author credit in every file
> encourages territoriality and individualism while discouraging people
> from thinking and acting as a team.

But showing people that the 'good' code you wrote isnt?

Sounds somewhat hypocritical...


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