Changelog attributions

Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Mon Apr 3 20:34:45 BST 2006

On Mon, Apr 03, 2006 at 08:14:59AM -0500, Rocco Stanzione wrote:
> I've submitted a few patches, and some of them have been merged.  Of those, 
> some of them were attributed to me in the changelog and some were not.
> I'm sure the mysterious motivations for contributors to free software differ 
> from developer to developer, but no small part of my personal motivation is 
> to see my name in a changelog, which will eventually be a google hit, which 
> may at some point contribute to my ability to get a better job.  Is there no 
> policy to attribute patches to their contributors?  To be honest (with 
> myself) this probably has a little to do with ego, but it has more to do, I 
> think, with credit where it's due - thanking programmers, translators, 
> proofreaders, packagers etc. for their efforts in a small but important way.  
> If no such policy exists, I propose that it be created.

No, there is no formal policy on attributions, though it is considered to be
in good taste to credit substantial contributions in this way.

 - mdz

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