On Tue, 28 Aug 2001, C. Scott Ananian wrote:
> On 28 Aug 2001 email@example.com wrote:
> > An idea for making this work better than it does with the FSF (where
> > long delays in getting copyright papers from contributors are the
> > norm): send people self-addressed stamped envelopes and printouts of
> > the papers to sign. This makes it much more likely that they will be
> > returned in a finite amount of time. :-)
> and accept *faxes*! The FSF is playing it safe, even at the expense of
> contributors, because it fully expects to have to fight the court case one
> day. It's hard to imagine a violation of SVN's license, liberal as it is,
> so the greater flexibility of faxed signatures should definitely be in.
I'll pass this note on to our in-house counsel who'll be setting it up. I
would believe we could accomodate this, at least so we don't have to wait
on accepting contributions (even if we need the actual doc later on).
> and provide an easy way to see the *status* of the paperwork. many FSF
> contributors sent in their paperwork and then waited around
> for a confirmation notice or some such before finishing their patches.
> No notice is ever sent by the FSF, and so people assume that the paperwork
> got lost, or something, and eventually give up on their getting patches
It's probably a file we could maintain under revision control somewhere.
> Finally: with an adequate version control system, it ought to be possible
> to commit patches *immediately* pending paperwork. The commit can always
> be reverted if the paperwork doesn't come through. You should be careful
> to specially flag/lock further modification of lines where a patch is
> still 'pending' to avoid messy reverts in the abort case, but such a lock
> could provide a powerful incentive to all involved to deal with the
> paperwork expeditiously. You don't want to leave potential contributors
> hanging in paperwork limbo while their enthusiasm drains.
Yep, agreed 100%
> And the implementation of this system with SVN may be an excellent test
> case for the flexibility of the access control mechanism.
Thanks for the ideas,
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