[Fsf-friends] Giving and taking credit
Fri Mar 19 21:38:12 IST 2004
Raghavendra Bhat wrote:
>>Since you ask for credentials in terms of contributions made
>Please ignore such requests! Requests made to show credentials about
>one's contributions should be ignored and no respect should be given to
>the person/entity making such a request. The main reason is that many
>guys/gals are making huge, significant amount of contributions
>anonymously; under fictitious names/handles. I know such persons and
>they do it just for the sake of free software, to increase the
>knowledge-base of the existing pool.
We cannot admire people who contribute anonymously under fictitious
names or handles - mainly because it is a clear sign of weakness or
shyness to take responsibility for the code they write. In most major
free software projects, names of contributors are listed, along with
email ids, and a pointer to the code blocks written or maintained by
them. The reason for this is obvious - we can report bugs quickly and
have them fixed with minimum effort, and besides this practice
automatically gives due credit to those who have written the code.
BTW, I would remember and respect Rakesh Ambati until my last, for all
his meaningful words which cannot be ignored.
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