RFC: Properly stated origin of code contributions

Herbert Valerio Riedel hvriedel at gmail.com
Thu Oct 30 23:34:00 UTC 2014

On 2014-10-30 at 22:59:45 +0100, Isaac Dupree wrote:
> There are good reasons not to require people's "real" name to participate:
> http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Who_is_harmed_by_a_%22Real_Names%22_policy%3F
> Simon PJ often advocates to know people's name as part of creating a
> friendly community.  There are good things about this.  It also helps
> exclude people with less privilege, whom we have few enough of already,
> if it is a policy.
> I like most things about "Developer's Certificate of Origin", though.

However, if we want to adopt the DCO[1] (as used by Linux Kernel
development) as a good-faith (and yet light-weight) attempt to track the
origin/accountability of contributions it relies on real names to know
who is actually making that assertion. Having the DCO signed off by an
obvious pseudonym would defeat the whole point of the DCO imho.


 [1]: http://git.kernel.org/cgit/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git/tree/Documentation/SubmittingPatches#n358

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