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Re: [PATCH]: add new criteria A+7

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: [PATCH]: add new criteria A+7
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2021 20:01:03 -0400

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  > my interpretation of A+7 is that it would require some technical
  > mechanism to parse source files, upon each change, deduce if a
  > license header is missing, and "remind" or "help" to add it, or
  > correct it

That's what's intended.

  > its a very nice wish; but i doubt that any forge will do that in
  > the foreseeable future

The question that matters is not "Is It Likely", but "What can we do
to encourage it?"   Making this part of our criteria has a chance of
success.  Not making it part of our criteria won't improve anything.

Dr Richard Stallman (
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