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Re: [] Real names in git commit messages

Thank you Mike for the fast response - I can use that when engaging potential contributors in the future.

I don't know if it is a *significant* impediment. I like interacting with other contributors on a real name basis, but I would prefer their contributions more than knowing their names. I will wait for others on this list to weigh in to decide if we should proceed further will re-examining the issue.


Jonah Graham
Kichwa Coders

On Wed, 11 Mar 2020 at 12:23, Mike Milinkovich <mike.milinkovich@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On 2020-03-11 12:11 p.m., Jonah Graham wrote:
I am not sure where to ask this question - so I am starting here with my fellow architecture members.

At the moment I see an occasional contributor not wanting to use their real name and email and address in commit messages. In this case they are probably willing to sign the ECA but want to maintain their privacy.

Other CLAs don't require public disclosure of email addresses and names (e.g. CNCF, Microsoft, Google)

Is the public name/email address something that their is justification that I can point to, or can this be revisited and the requirement removed?


I suspect that this is the answer you are searching for:

Of course the next question would be: why do we require that? I believe that this position even pre-dates the creation of the Eclipse Foundation (i.e. IBM wrote that in 2001), and was originally motivated by wanting clear, documented provenance for all code distributed by our projects. However, if the consensus of this group is that this is a significant impediment to contributions and it is no longer considered industry best practice, the EMO would be happy to re-examine the issue.



Mike Milinkovich

Executive Director | Eclipse Foundation, Inc.



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