CONTRIBUTING: make S-o-b mandatory but pseudonym ok

Graphics / Wayland / Weston - Pekka Paalanen [collabora.com] - 22 February 2021 10:52 UTC

This was prompted by a recent discussion on #dri-devel IRC channel, where the use of pseudonyms to maintain anonymity was said to be a normal and accepted practice. See: https://people.freedesktop.org/~cbrill/dri-log/index.php?channel=dri-devel&highlight_names=&date=2021-02-09 and look for the discussion around pq and Lyude. Until then, I was hesitant to accept Signed-off-by's with names that looked very much not a real name.

Clarify our documentation that pseudonyms are ok.

Note, that is not what the Linux kernel documentation says today in https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git/tree/Documentation/process/submitting-patches.rst which says that pseudonyms are not ok. According to the discussion, this should probably be fixed in the kernel too.

Since we are now ok with pseudonyms in Signed-off-by, there is no reason left to accept any patches without a Signed-off-by. This clarifies our policy and takes the burden of case-by-case consideration away from maintainers.

The wording about needing to use a personal email address is my addition. The intention is to ensure a globally unique handle for a person while that person remains anonymous, so that the Signed-off-by cannot be mistaken for someone elses.

9dc1f268 CONTRIBUTING: make S-o-b mandatory but pseudonym ok
CONTRIBUTING.md | 11 +++++++----
1 file changed, 7 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

Upstream: cgit.freedesktop.org


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