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    SubjectRe: 463 kernel developers missing!
    On Tue, Jul 29, 2008 at 12:13:37AM -0400, Theodore Tso wrote:
    > Personally, I have no objection to the mailmap file as it's on the
    > whole an improvement; if it's been automatically generated and it
    > falsely maps multiple people to a single person, that would be highly
    > unfortunate, but maybe it fixes more problems than it creates.

    Typo correction. The first part of that sentence should read:

    "Personally, I have no objection to the mailmap file IF on the
    whole it's an improvement...."

    > I think the part most people are seriously objecting to is that the
    > supposition that Linus and some of his top lieutenants should be
    > enforcing some arbitrary rule that rejects commits if they come from
    > addresses outside of your .mailmap file (unless they first send a
    > patch to add their e-mail address to the .mailmap file), in some kind
    > of misguided attempt to enforce validation, which apparently the main
    > justification for which is so that you and others can runs some
    > statistical analysis, of which there seems to be some dispute whether
    > or not encouraging people to compete to get into the top 20
    > signed-off-by by splitting up commits into 100 different micro-patches
    > should be considered a desirable side effect of said statistical
    > analysis.
    >
    > As I said earlier, the moment you started advocating enforcing
    > validation, you may have started to confuse which is the tail and
    > which is the dog. People should be supplying patches to improve the
    > kernel; not to provide accurate fodder for statistical analysis.
    >
    > - Ted


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