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

Graphics / Wayland / Weston - Pekka Paalanen [] - 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: 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 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 | 11 +++++++----
1 file changed, 7 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)


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