[Mageia-dev] Contributors using real name/working email? or not? or maybe?

andre999 andr55 at laposte.net
Thu Mar 3 17:13:23 CET 2011

Romain d'Alverny a écrit :
> Hi there,
> in the past few days/hours, on sysadmin list has a discussion arisen
> about publishing packager email into commit/change log; you can check
> the whole thread, here are three starting points of it:
>   * https://mageia.org/pipermail/mageia-sysadm/2011-March/002946.html
>   * https://mageia.org/pipermail/mageia-sysadm/2011-March/002952.html
>   * https://mageia.org/pipermail/mageia-sysadm/2011-March/002955.html
> And you would perhaps like to read the whole thread; not everyone
> agrees there. The discussion slipped to whether:
>   * packagers/contributors [sh|w]ould use&  publish their real name (as
> registered in identity),
>   * packagers/contributors [sh|w]ould publish their contact email (same),
>   * in their contributions to the project (here, in the changelog),
>   * if it should be strictly enforced or not, and why.
> for practical or personal reasons. It's a general, pretty key matter,
> it's been rightly suggested to raise the point here, so here it is.
> We can't enforce anything unless we decide on this first and this
> thread is here to gather views. What we (Council) will decide later on
> about this depends on the outcomes of the discussion (and if we ever
> decide or not btw). It will be part of the project's privacy policy.
> And please try to keep this discussion to the point, focused and
> civilized; state your views, don't infer on others' ones, stay cool.
> Or your point will become shallow and the discussion will be wasted.
> The points to decide here are:
>   a) should a contributor provide a public email address, to be used in
> changelogs, commits and everywhere her contribution to the project
> needs an id or contact id? (for instance changelog, commit, document
> authoring)
>   b) should a contributor provide a real name for the same goals? or is
> a fake name/alias ok, as long as there are people that do know/meet
> the person?
> I won't comment on pros and cons below (not exclusive of others), but
> those were raised in the discussion before:
> The pros (as in "yes one should"):
>   - that is the common way used in MDV and other major distributions
>   - (email or name) it identifies the author of a change to the project/code
>   - (email) it helps identifying&  contacting directly someone in the
> project (peer review or any ad hoc matter)
>   - (email&  name) it helps building confidence among contributors and
> from the outside
>   - (name) it encourages people to adopt a consistent behaviour
>   - (email&  name) it builds one's contributions list for
> future/outside reference
> The cons (as in "no, one should be free not to")
>   - public email addresses get spammed
>   - personal preferences to not reveal one's name
>   - there are situations where anonymity is a requirement or "nice to
> have" (from a personal or corporate point of view)
>   - it will encourage people to contact directly contributors instead
> of using other expected channels
> Note that one may use a fake name/identity anyway to stay anonymous
> (but unless one already has a network of trust within a group, she
> would not have a past public record to help building her new
> reputation).
> What is at stake is the accountability for each contributor, hence for
> the whole project. What will matter is what one does and how.
> And again, let's have this point discussed in a cool, informative,
> constructive and efficient way, please.
> Cheers,
> Romain

Personnally I like pseudo at mageia.org, with real name and direct adresse 

1) anyone who wants to can give a phony name anyway.

2) @mageia.org lessens the personal spam problem, and looks more 
official as well.  It will also give Mageia a higher profile, which is a 
non-negligable side effect.

3) a lot of contributors like myself aren't in it for the publicity.
As well, they could have compelling reasons to remain anonymous.
(Thus not giving their real email, for example.)

my 2 cents :)

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