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

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Thu Apr 19 18:58:59 CEST 2012

On Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 9:06 AM, Glyph <glyph at twistedmatrix.com> wrote:
> 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.)

Heh. I was hoping to avoid too  much legal wrangling. Note that we
don't require legal proof of identity; that would be an undue burden
and more than I would personally put up with as a contributor. The
primary concept here is trust, and identity can be seen as an
approximation of that at best.

--Guido van Rossum (python.org/~guido)

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