[Bf-committers] Attribution style for commits

Ton Roosendaal ton at blender.org
Sat Jul 9 10:31:42 CEST 2022


We do not allow anonymous commits in Blender code. We always ask people 
to identify themselves (can be done in private, to Blender 
Foundation/Institute staff). It is still my wish to implement a friendly 
CLA for contributors, just to protect Blender and ensure we can remain 
Free Software reliably.

You describe a quite unique situation for yourself, where you wish to 
keep your legal identity private and even change it.

In that case, I advise you to just waive all rights (copyright and 
attributions) of your code contributions to Blender. The Blender 
developer, who then accepts your patch, will commit it under his own 
name, and under Blender Foundation copyright. In the commit log, a 
reference to the patch submission can be made.

The patch submission itself will be logged and backed up, that way there 
will be a trace back to your nickname and past conversations.

Note: I am not a copyright expert. I also could not find good 
suggestions online from other projects accepting anonymous code.



Ton Roosendaal - ton at blender.org - www.blender.org
Chairman Blender Foundation, CEO Blender Institute / Studio
Buikslotermeerplein 161, 1025 ET Amsterdam, the Netherlands

On 08/07/2022 05:31, happysmash27 via Bf-committers wrote:
> Hello. For my current pull request (https://developer.blender.org/D15306) and for future, hopefully more complex pull requests, there is currently an issue in terms of attribution. I would prefer to be attributed under "happysmash27", as this is my main identity online and unlikely to change in the near future. Updating my profile to use a first-last name system would have the problems of:
> – My first and last name are shared by over 10,000 other people in the US alone, so is not a good identifier.
> – I do not plan to use my current legal name for that long in the future as it is not very good. So, this identifier will likely become outdated a lot quicker than happysmash27 where my website happysmash27.me is registered for the next decade or so and has history going back around a decade.
> – I could potentially use the name people actually call me in real life in combination with my last name, which I may change my name to, but this still does come with some problems and I would prefer not to as:
>    – This is not currently my legal name.
>    – When I do eventually change my legal name, I may end up going with something else.
>    – Although my online identity and legal one are fairly strongly linked (mostly in the form of people IRL knowing my screen name), I would still prefer not to have my legal name as easily looked up online as having it on a public forum would create.
> Could this be done, while still having me listed as the author? I was advised to contact the project administrators, and if I understand correctly I think this would be the forum to discuss this.
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