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Re: Crediting sponsors in release notes?

From: Selena Deckelmann <selena(at)chesnok(dot)com>
To: "Nasby, Jim" <JNasby(at)enovafinancial(dot)com>
Cc: pgsql-advocacy Advocacy <pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: Crediting sponsors in release notes?
Date: 2011-05-12 21:48:22
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Hi!

On Thu, May 12, 2011 at 2:30 PM, Nasby, Jim <JNasby(at)enovafinancial(dot)com> wrote:
> On May 12, 2011, at 4:23 PM, Selena Deckelmann wrote:
>> The overhead of tracking who sponsored what on a feature-by-feature
>> basis in release notes seems beyond what volunteers can be expected to
>> keep track of. I also wouldn't want to have developer time spent on
>> resolving conflicts in release notes about who sponsored what.
>
> I don't think the tracking would be that burdensome as long as people are using good submit messages. For example, searching the commit log for "Enova" would show you everything we sponsored through Command Prompt, because I know Alvaro is good about putting that information in there.

Bruce and Tom are typically who produce the release notes. So they're
in the best position to respond to how much time this would take to
collect.

I've spent some time collecting information about contributors based
on names that are mentioned in commit messages. It is *not* trivial.

>> What we could do at a project level is publish a press release that
>> details the companies that sponsored features in the last release. If
>> we could get cooperation and help collecting the information from the
>> companies involved, I think this would be a very nice addition to the
>> press packets that are created for major releases.
>
> Also a good idea! If we see how many companies show up in the release notes, then we'd know if it'd be worth the effort. :)

I haven't really looked for company names in the commit log in the
past, to be honest. And I am not convinced that the release notes are
the right place for this information. For the moment, it seems like
administrative overhead that developers don't need.

Companies that are interested need to take the release notes, annotate
them somehow (links to commits would probably be the best way), and
then we can add information about it to the press kit.

I think it's a great idea to credit the companies that are supporting
the project. I just don't want to introduce another task in the commit
or the release process before we have a good reason to.

Would you be willing to spend some time collecting information about it?

-selena


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