|Subject:||CLAHub and the FSF copyright assignment|
|Date:||Sat, 13 Dec 2014 11:53:15 -0500|
This is my first time posting to this list, so bear with me for any conventions I might unwittingly ignore :)
I’m the maintainer (or at least one of them) of `sx.el', a new and quickly growing StackExchange client for Emacs. (StackExchange includes all the sites similar to StackOverflow, SuperUser, ServerFault, and the host of other specialized sites such as Emacs.StackExchange.com.) I would very much like to submit this to the GNU ELPA (and have been invited to do so), but the greatest hurdle to contributing (that I’m sure I share) is the FSF copyright assignment.
Let me be clear: I realize the assignment is an essential and absolutely necessary part of contributing to free software. There may or may not be discussion on this topic in and of itself — I don’t know — but the underlying concept is crucial.
The foremost reservation I had/have about submitting `sx.el’ is the possibility of hindering development by virtue of the copyright assignment process. I understand that it’s not a terribly complicated process, but it is also paper-based. (Disclaimer: I’ve never seen the forms, so I don’t have the experience to base this on.) This is a terrible deterrent for contributors; it is seen as a significant time investment.
I post here to bring to discussion a resource called CLAHub . This service integrates with GitHub (the repository host for `sx.el’ and a host of other packages on the MELPA) to provide pull request statusing akin to Travis CI and Code Climate. With GitHub’s recent blog announcement , this information will be visible on the pull request’s page as the merge is discussed.
Can GNU/the FSF use this resource to fulfill its copyright assignment?
All the best,
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