[Python-Dev] cpython: Issue #11750: The Windows API functions scattered in the _subprocess and

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Thu Apr 19 18:06:51 CEST 2012

On Apr 19, 2012, at 11:51 AM, Guido van Rossum wrote:

> In all those cases I think there should be some core contributors who
> know the real identity of the contributor. These must also know the
> reason for the anonymity and agree that it's important to maintain it.
> It must also be known to the community at large that the contributor
> is using a pseudonym. If the contributor is not comfortable revealing
> their identity to any core contributors, I don't think there is enough
> of a trust relationship to build on for a successful career as a
> contributor to Python.

I do think that python-dev should be clear that by "real" identity you mean "legal" identity.

There are plenty of cases where the name a person is known by in more "real" situations is not in fact their legal name.  There are also cases where legal names are different in different jurisdictions; especially people with CJK names may have different orthographies of the "same" name in different jurisdictions or even completely different names in different places, if they have immigrated to a different country.

So there should be a legal name on file somewhere for copyright provenance purposes, but this should not need to be the same name that is present in commit logs, as long as there's a mapping recorded that can be made available to any interested lawyer.

(Hopefully this is not a practical issue, but this is one of my pet peeves - for obvious reasons.)


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