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InfoWorld.com: In The Name of Quality

Dec 11, 2001, 11:30 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Russell C. Pavlicek)

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"WHAT WOULD LIFE be like if everything you did was signed? Every action, every professional accomplishment, every faux pas you ever committed would have your name on it. Whenever someone wanted to see what you accomplished in your career, it could be recalled in detail. There would be no spin doctoring, no fudging the details, no claiming victory when there was nothing but defeat in sight. Naked truth would be in the open for all to see.

Is this frightening? For some folks, yes. Complete accountability would be especially terrifying to those who seem to make a living by moving from job to job before they can be held accountable for the mess they caused along the way.

But complete accountability is a way of life in the open-source community. People involved in open source really do sign everything they do. Your name becomes your brand. Maybe some people will choose colorful nicknames for themselves, but when it comes to the things that really matter, anonymity is in very short supply."

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