Proposal: Drop author fields from copyright headers

Daniel van Vugt daniel.van.vugt at
Fri Aug 23 03:30:04 UTC 2013

I think it does make sense to have author fields when they're accurate.

Hopefully people will have some pride in new source files they write. 
But more importantly, if the author field is accurate then you know who 
to ask about the code.

The issues we've had recently were just bzr getting confused from file 
renames and large chunks of code moving around. That should not be the 
norm though.

On 23/08/13 11:27, Robert Ancell wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'd like to propose we drop the author fields from the copyright headers
> in Mir - they're very hard to keep up to date and more accurate
> information can be retrieved using 'bzr annotate'. Chances are they
> either only list the initial author or are copied and pasted from other
> code [1].
> Most people I've talked to in the team don't have any love for them -
> anyone want to keep them?
> --Robert
> [1]

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