Git provides makes it easy to wrap and indefinitely persist contributions along with metadata. Specifically, contributions delivered via Git are packed into commit records that include the identity of the contributor, dates, comments, etc.
Project information pages include a block that looks something like this:
The very first paragraph contains a link to this page. Project-specific "how to contribute" pages provide a similar link.
The contribution must be packaged as a Git commit record.
The contribution must be delivered to the Eclipse project as a pull request, or via Gerrit push.
The contribution must have the author field set to the contributor's credentials (name and email address).
The contributor must certify the contribution. Specifically, the contributor must assert the following:
Developer's Certificate of Origin 1.1
This text was taken from linux-2.6 Documentation/SubmittingPatches and is covered by the GPLv2.
By making a contribution to this project, I certify that:
- The contribution was created in whole or in part by me and I have the right to submit it under the open source license indicated in the file; or
- The contribution is based upon previous work that, to the best of my knowledge, is covered under an appropriate open source license and I have the right under that license to submit that work with modifications, whether created in whole or in part by me, under the same open source license (unless I am permitted to submit under a different license), as indicated in the file; or
- The contribution was provided directly to me by some other person who certified (1), (2) or (3) and I have not modified it. I understand and agree that this project and the contribution are public and that a record of the contribution (including all personal information I submit with it, including my sign-off) is maintained indefinitely and may be redistributed consistent with this project or the open source license(s) involved.
- I understand and agree that this project and the contribution are public and that a record of the contribution (including all personal information I submit with it, including my sign-off) is maintained indefinitely and may be redistributed consistent with this project or the open source license(s) involved.
This certificate of origin must be asserted by adding a "Signed-off-by" line to the Git commit record's message using the author's credentials; e.g.
Make more space for the hAxis on bar charts.
The entries on the hAxis on bar charts were being truncated, making them
pretty useless. By increasing the vertical space available, they render
Signed-off-by: Wayne Beaton <email@example.com>
Note that the EGit commit dialog has a handy button that will add this message for you: