Certify your work by adding your "Signed-off-by: " line
To improve tracking of who did what, we've borrowed the "sign-off" procedure from the Linux kernel project on patches that are being emailed around. Although ZooDB is a lot smaller project it is a good discipline to follow it.
The sign-off is a simple line at the end of the explanation for the patch, which certifies that you wrote it or otherwise have the right to pass it on as a open-source patch. The rules are pretty simple: if you can certify the below D-C-O:
** Developer's Certificate of Origin 1.1 ** (original)
By making a contribution to this project, I certify that: a. 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 b. 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 c. The contribution was provided directly to me by some other person who certified (a), (b) or (c) and I have not modified it. d. 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.
then you just add a line saying
Signed-off-by: Random J Developer <email@example.com>
This line can be automatically added by Git if you run the git-commit command with the -s option.
Notice that you can place your own Signed-off-by: line when
forwarding somebody else's patch with the above rules for
D-C-O. Indeed you are encouraged to do so. Do not forget to
place an in-body
From: line at the beginning to properly attribute
the change to its true author (see (2) above).
Also notice that a real name is used in the Signed-off-by: line. Please don't hide your real name.