[Pulp-dev] remove AUTHORS

David Davis daviddavis at redhat.com
Wed Apr 4 13:12:55 UTC 2018

There are problems I see with the AUTHORS file:

- It exposes personal info. It makes it easy for headhunters to reap email
- Currently it’s out of date and authors are missing (e.g. @dawalker)
- It’s badly formatted. It looks like it’s somewhat alphabetical order but
the last entry is M[1]
- People would prefer not to be in it so we can’t autogenerate/autoupdate it
- Sometimes we have to revert commits and people often update AUTHORS in
the same commit (e.g. [2])
- Perhaps most importantly, there already is a contributors page on
github[3] and also you can use git shortlog to get a list of contributors.

I’m +1 on removing the AUTHORS file.

[1] https://git.io/vxMLp
[2] https://github.com/pulp/pulp/commit/8b6b11e45a72fffb56e7482a1d91fa4
[3] https://github.com/pulp/pulp/graphs/contributors


On Wed, Apr 4, 2018 at 8:36 AM, Austin Macdonald <amacdona at redhat.com>

> One reason to keep the AUTHORS file is that it allows contributors to
> specify their contact info instead of just linking to their GitHub page,
> were they might not have an email listed.
> I assume this discussion is restricted to pulp/pulp. The plugins are free
> to handle however they prefer.
> Personally, I am fine either way. Remove +0, one less file.
> On Wed, Apr 4, 2018, 05:22 Irina Gulina <igulina at redhat.com> wrote:
>> Hello Pulp Team,
>> Recently, I have opened a PR to remove the AUTHORS file [1], and was
>> suggested to bring it up here.
>> Please let us/me know what you think about it. Any feedback will be
>> appreciated.
>> Happy Wednesday,
>> Irina
>> [1] https://github.com/pulp/pulp/pull/3393
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