[Bf-committers] Attribution style for commits

happysmash27 happysmash27 at protonmail.com
Mon Jul 11 05:47:47 CEST 2022

I do not mind sharing my legal name privately where it can be updated in the future if/when I change it. My legal name is already linked in several places; I just don't want people to mistakenly refer to me by it when it is more of an ID than something I am actually usually referred to by. Where might I be able to send it?

------- Original Message -------
On Saturday, July 9th, 2022 at 01:31, Ton Roosendaal via Bf-committers <bf-committers at blender.org> wrote:

> Hi,
> 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.
> Thanks,
> -Ton-
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> Ton Roosendaal - ton at blender.org - www.blender.org
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> 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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