pseudonymous contributions to KDE

Luigi Toscano luigi.toscano at
Wed Sep 19 11:02:22 BST 2018

Jonathan Riddell ha scritto:
> On Tue, Sep 18, 2018 at 07:38:35PM +0200, Jos van den Oever wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> What is the KDE policy on accepting code contributions under pseudonym? I've
>> gotten review requests on Rust Qt Binding Generator under a pseudonym. Now I
>> wonder if I can accept the contribution. The contributor has, under pseudonym,
>> a KDE account.
> I don't see why not, we are nerds and for whatever reason lots of
> nerds like to use pseudonym, shutting that off would just limit our
> contributions for no good reason.

Then what are other communities doing? The Linux kernel has a stricter policy 
(with Signed-off-by footer).

>> Can one sign a Fiduciary License Agreement under pseudonym?
> Same as above on the whole.  At least in Scotland there's no
> restrictions on what name you chose to use for any purpose as long as
> it's not for fraud.  Obviously the harder it is to prove a name
> matches to a real person the harder it would be to test in a
> worst-case-scenario court case but I think limiting it would just
> limit our contributions for no good reason.

The possibility of a court case (and all the complications related to 
copyright laws) is a good enough reason.

Can we talk to lawyers and other coding communities? This is not something 
that can be decided just thinking about "more contributions".


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