[Python-Dev] Introducing Electronic Contributor Agreements

Mark Lawrence breamoreboy at yahoo.co.uk
Mon Mar 4 22:33:55 CET 2013

On 04/03/2013 20:46, Terry Reedy wrote:
> On 3/4/2013 11:36 AM, Brett Cannon wrote:
>> On Mon, Mar 4, 2013 at 11:30 AM, Brian Curtin <brian at python.org
>> <mailto:brian at python.org>> wrote:
>>     The full announcement is at
>> http://blog.python.org/2013/03/introducing-electronic-contributor.html,
>>     but a summary follows.
>>     We've now moved to an electronic Contributor License Agreement
>> form at
>>     http://www.python.org/psf/contrib/contrib-form/ which will hopefully
>>     ease the signing and sending of forms for our potential contributors.
>>     The form shows the required fields whether you're signing as an
>>     individual or a representative of an organization, and removes the
>>     need to print, scan, fax, etc.
>>     When a new contributor fills in the form, they are emailed a copy of
>>     the form and asked to confirm the email address that they used (and
>>     received that copy at). Upon confirming, the signed form is sent to
>>     the PSF Administrator and filed away.
>>     The signature can either be generated from your typed name, or you
>> can
>>     draw or upload your actual written signature if you choose.
>> With this in place I would like to propose that all patches submitted to
>> bugs.python.org <http://bugs.python.org> must come from someone who has
>> signed the CLA before we consider committing it (if you want to be truly
>> paranoid we could say that we won't even look at the code w/o a CLA).
> Either policy could be facilitated by tracker changes. In order to see
> the file upload box, one must login and the tracker knows who has a CLA
> on file (as indicated by a * suffix on the name). If a file is uploaded
> by someone without, a box could popup with the link to the e-form and a
> message that a CLA is required.

People already use the bug tracker as an excuse not to contribute, 
wouldn't this requirement make the situation worse?


Mark Lawrence

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