Hi Chris, > For what it's worth, in the Pylons Project, we decided to continue > requiring the signing of a contributor's agreement (more or less the > same contributor agreement as Zope requires). But instead of signing > via paper, we ask that folks "sign" the contributor agreement by adding > their name and date to a CONTRIBUTORS.txt file in a git fork of each > repository they wish to commit to (e.g. > https://github.com/Pylons/pyramid/blob/master/CONTRIBUTORS.txt). The > CONTRIBUTORS.txt *is* the agreement, and the pull request serves as > proof that they agree to the contribution terms it outlines. > > I'm not 100% confident that this will serve as watertight proof of > agreement in a well-funded court challenge. But it's a lot easier on > the contributor and on the organization. The contributor doesn't need > to use a fax or lick a stamp and wait, and at least if they're checked > in they're fairly durable and have lots of backups (it would be very > impressive if the ZF would be able to produce all the paper contributor > agreements that have been signed over the course of Zope's existence on > demand).
Yes, I remember "signing" the Repoze repository agreement in a similar way a few years ago. I liked it because it was convenient, sure. But as you say, I doubt it would hold up in a court. Speaking of those paper contributor agreement availability, you'd be surprised. I have them all in 3 large binders, for every signer the latest agreement they signed. jens
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