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My credits by name in (released) software:

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None, but I still write code.
  6115 votes / 34%
1 or 2
  2903 votes / 16%
3-5
  1687 votes / 9%
6-10
  718 votes / 4%
11-20
  284 votes / 1%
More than 20.
  913 votes / 5%
Zero because I don't program.
  5140 votes / 28%
17760 total votes.
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My credits by name in (released) software:

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  • by Cyfun (667564) on Wednesday June 05, 2013 @02:38AM (#43911971) Homepage

    Does this count the batch file I just wrote that repeats my name over and over just so I'd qualify myself for this poll?

    • by alphatel (1450715) *
      <script>For [cyfun>0] delete cyfun</script>
      I don't see your name anywhere. Were you even hired for this gig?
      <script>Alphatel</script>
      • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

        by Anonymous Coward
        So your answer to the poll was "Zero, because I don't program"
        • Who are all these programmers who get credited for their work?!

          Employees don't need their names put up in lights for doing their job. Consultants get paid enough not to care who's name is on the product.

          If anybody's name is going to go onto the software, it's mine, the PHB. ... and it only ever gets added in release 2, AFTER we have made sure the software works, and isn't going to damage my impeccable reputation. :)
          • by jcaplan (56979)
            I think people should get credited for their work. It's not just about being paid - it's about software being created by people, not just companies. I credited myself for an app I wrote. Other stuff I write is simulation code for neuroscience research, so I get credit on resulting papers, but the software is project-specific and isn't released except when people ask for source.

            <shameless plug>
            It's a simple, clean weather app. (US only). Has NOAA feed for week's forecast + wind speed and direction
    • by telchine (719345)

      10 PRINT "telchine woz ere!"
      20 GOTO 10

    • It does, but you have to vote yes for all the options now.
  • by Zarhan (415465) on Wednesday June 05, 2013 @03:15AM (#43912091)

    Done bunch of stuff that's mostly used internally and our customers and now maintained by someone else. Some of this stuff includes things like stored procedures in databases. Are such things "code"? Are they "released" when they are only released internally or directly to customers?

    I also have some stuff from the 80's written in Basic for an 8-bit computer. Some of these were published in magazines, as program listings. Were they "released" software?

    • Quite. I've 'released' stuff on my website. A few things actually. It all has my name on it. In fact, my website has code that has my name on it, in use (e.g. the JavaScript email showing script).

      I've also written stuff that has been used by others, sometimes with, and sometimes without, being paid. That stuff may then have gone onto more wider distribution.

      However, I've never sold software, or (to my knowledge) had code I've written been sold as part of software. I sell a service, I sell solutions, and som

    • by Cenan (1892902)

      We don't have a habit of ego whoring in the source we create either. Someone a few years back was very fond of his own initials for variable names, but other than that the software we release has contact info for our department, not any individuals in it. (we're not a dev shop, so we don't "release" stuff into the wild).

      Do commit messages to internal source control count?

      • I had to put my name in contacts splash because it was REQUIRED.
        People needed to know who to bug to no avail asking for a "more colorful" GUI and such.

        • Just throw in a fake name now and then. Wait for the phone call for someone wanting to talk to Mike Hunt.

          • by ArsonSmith (13997)

            or Mike Hawk.

          • I can't. The apps are distributed internally, and rules say my name has to be in there. Putting a fake name in would likely get me fired.

            • by jamesh (87723)

              I can't. The apps are distributed internally, and rules say my name has to be in there. Putting a fake name in would likely get me fired.

              You need to invent a whole fake employee then. I'd like to hear a HR manager announce that they'd just fired "Mike Hunt" or "Mike Litoris".

      • Do commit messages to internal source control count?

        I say yes. Therefore I can say I am credited in 1 or 2 pieces of software.

    • by invid (163714)
      I only counted release packages that left our company. Each package counted as 1, even though there were multiple executables in each. I also wasn't counting multiple versions of the same software package, although over the years a given package has changed considerably.
    • by CastrTroy (595695)
      Also, most software doesn't have "credits". Haven't seen a list of credits in most programs, except for games. And even then, many don't list every single programmer who worked on it, and most likely just list the core team who did the majority of the work.
    • by wvmarle (1070040)

      Done bunch of stuff that's mostly used internally and our customers and now maintained by someone else. Some of this stuff includes things like stored procedures in databases. Are such things "code"? Are they "released" when they are only released internally or directly to customers?

      Code: I'd say so. It makes a computer behave in a certain way, so I'd say it's code. Released: can easily be argued either way. For me, I consider released as "available to the public", and the latter regardless on whether it's for pay or for free.

      I also have some stuff from the 80's written in Basic for an 8-bit computer. Some of these were published in magazines, as program listings. Were they "released" software?

      That I'd definitely call released, as you made it available to the public. Everyone who wanted could buy a copy of the magazine and with that a copy of your code.

  • by PhilHibbs (4537) <snarks@gmail.com> on Wednesday June 05, 2013 @03:57AM (#43912241) Homepage Journal

    My name is now "IF" just so I can win this poll. And only because I can't really change my name to the space character.

  • It's a bit of a shame- most web apps don't have "Help/About" screen with an easter egg showing the dev team...

    And I'm not even going to mention the time spent on systems that communcate with other systems over say web-services. Or systems developed for internal use...
  • by Immerial (1093103) on Wednesday June 05, 2013 @08:10AM (#43913225) Homepage
    I've made three Easter Eggs. One of my favs was clicking on my name in the credits while holding certain keys plays the "Yeeeessss, master." Warcraft II audio clip :D
    • by jamesh (87723)

      I've made three Easter Eggs. One of my favs was clicking on my name in the credits while holding certain keys plays the "Yeeeessss, master." Warcraft II audio clip :D

      The contract for the last contracted code development I did was very clear about what would happen if any "easter egg" or similar feature was added to the code.

  • I never checked if I was mentioned in the projects I submitted code to. I never write my name in my own code (subversion tells me who did what, and I only want useful comments, not distracting ones). I submitted the code to make the projects better, not to be mentioned. Maybe I am a bit medieval (medieval artists did not sign their work), but I think the work should be important, not the person who did it.
    • by jgrahn (181062)

      I never checked if I was mentioned in the projects I submitted code to. I never write my name in my own code (subversion tells me who did what, and I only want useful comments, not distracting ones).

      The "Copyright (c) 2013 Errol Backfiring" comment is a useful one, though -- if copyright is indeed yours.

      Other than that, I tend to agree.

  • I write a lot of web apps, middleware and little utility scripts. Not really into the "look-at-me-and-what-I-did" aspects of life. I just do good work and want to be compensated, and sure recognized for accomplishments, but not really wanting any kind of fame or celebrity status. I learned the price of fame and I'm not willing to pay it.
  • And where does the credit needs to be shown ? Starting with how many user does it matter ? Depending on metrics I could put anything between 0 and much more than 20.... I should have put random(42) that sounds about right ....
  • by Carewolf (581105) on Wednesday June 05, 2013 @09:27AM (#43913839) Homepage

    And how does it count if you have contributed to a popular open source project used by thousands of applications? Do you count it once for the original project, 20 times for all the various forks, or thousands of times for the applications it is used in?

    Maybe the poll should be:
    0 (I don't program)
    0 (I program, but not open source, or only under company credit)
    1-4 (Open source application developer)
    5-20 (Open source janitor)
    20-100 (I worked an open source library)
    100-1000 (I worked on a succesful open source library)
    1000-10000 (I worked on the Linux kernel or KHTML)
    10000+ (I am Linux Torwalds)

  • Last time I checked, I was still credited in the nethack credits even though I didn't do a whole lot really. I was mentioned in a StarTrek game article in one of the gaming magazines for a StarTrek game I wrote back in the late 80's. My name was on several PCBoard BBS plugin games.

    Over the years I've written a bunch of little utility programs. Several for 3+Share back in the early late 80's for managing the 3+Menu config files and for across domain user and group administration (you had to change domains to

    • Bukaroo Bonzai fan?

    • After the fiasco that was the most recent gaming convention in town, I whipped up a much better site making it easier to create and manage conventions and events. I offered it to the organizers but they turned it down. Still, it was a fun project :)

      Hmm ... I've been looking for something similar [stackexchange.com] for a few years now ...

      Was finally going to bite the bullet and write something myself this year. Any chance you'd release the code for someone else to take a look at to see if they can adapt it to their needs?

      • by Bigbutt (65939)

        The ones provided by the followup links to your SE post seem pretty good in general (and have given me a few ideas for my site :) ). You're welcome to go take a look at mine if you like:

        dga dot shadowrun dot us

        Feel free to create an account and let me know; dungeon-master (at) rocketmail dot com

        I can escalate your privs and let you poke at the back end.

        It was a quick; 3 or 4 week project right after the convention while I got the site up and working as a functioning proof of concept for the convention organ

  • old, archived projects? Haven't been able to do much lately, but who knows. I just identified a gap.

  • marketing trick? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by schneidafunk (795759) on Wednesday June 05, 2013 @09:53AM (#43914091)
    Anyone else get the impression this 'poll' is just going to be used as a selling point to advertisers for slashdot?
    • Anyone else get the impression this 'poll' is just going to be used as a selling point to advertisers for slashdot?

      It took you this long to figure out the polls have been gathering marketing data? Some were way more obvious than this.

  • by hoover (3292) on Wednesday June 05, 2013 @09:56AM (#43914117)

    I remember reading my name in an Amiga magazine waaay back in connection with a little program I wrote... very cool indeed, and totally unexpected to have it picked up by Fred Fish himself!

    • That would be cool. Loved my Amiga 500.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Didn't write a single line of code, just drank Mountain Dew and gamed all day, woohooo!!!!

    The game I tested was for Xbox, I did testing work on the PC version as well including localization testing for 3 other languages but didn't get credit for that version, also did multiplayer testing on Battlefield 1942, but didn't get credit on that one either.

    I can still crash the Xbox game, true story: we had been told we had the weekend to finish testing before the game would be sent to Microsoft for approval, I fou

  • Sure, I put my name in all the software that I release.

  • For actual work? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Daetrin (576516) on Wednesday June 05, 2013 @12:15PM (#43915441)
    As worded this poll is going to be irrelevant soon, if it isn't already.

    I've got my name in four pieces of released software because of my work in the games industry. However within a year or so, given a reasonable success rate, i'm going to have my name in the credits of at least as many games just for donating a relatively trivial bit of money to various kickstarter projects.

    "Get your name in the credits!" is one of the cheapest and easiest perks to add for a software project on kickstarter and other similar sites.
  • by grahamwest (30174) on Wednesday June 05, 2013 @03:11PM (#43917023) Homepage

    Junkyard pinball
    Revenge From Mars Pinball2000
    Star Wars Ep 1 Pinball2000
    Redcard Soccer PS2/Xbox
    NBA Ballers PS2/Xbox
    NBA Ballers Phenom PS2/Xbox
    Mortal Kombat Deception (not 100% sure about main credits, but definitely one of the dev team/support photos you unlock in the Krypt)
    City Of Heroes (I think, the credits on the web site were updated but not always accurate)

  • by antdude (79039) on Wednesday June 05, 2013 @03:55PM (#43917371) Homepage Journal

    ... but I do test softwares. There are other people like support, leads, managers, etc. They all get credited in help about's credit list. :)

  • My code is buried in control modules so no one but the product release manager sees my name. (Well, maybe the developers who inherited projects after I moved on to better projects - assuming they actually read the release documents.)

  • I work on the mechanical engineering side of the house, but proficiency in coding helps with quickly automating routine calculations or adapting modeling software to better suit my needs. Mostly MATLAB/Simulink type scripting, but also have been known to use C or FORTRAN 77 from time to time. My interest in more modern languages is very limited at best, the attractive thing about classical programing languages is predictability. I've Toyed with Objective-C, but way too many frameworks and classes for the am
  • by Tom (822)

    Depends on how you count. As a programmer, a couple. If you add in designer and tester (I've been beta tester on a few AAA titles before beta tests were the other word for "public release") then it's quite a few more.

  • I took "credited" to mean that your name is mentioned in "About" box or installation screens of the software, so that's only one or two projects.

    But if you're talking development logs and license agreements, there are probably more on the order of 75 projects that I've had a hand in which made it to production during a 30 year career. :)

  • by oracleofbargth (16602) on Thursday June 06, 2013 @12:10AM (#43921331) Homepage

    linux/fs/ext3/xattr.c

    What do I win?

  • as an old shareware writer, I have/had my name on 30+ software items. not everything was 'successful' but it was usually of reasonable quality, for shareware.

  • I am not proud enough of any of the projects I have worked on in my career to attach my name to.

  • Just two

    For the 1st one:It is already extinct, but I helped on the online user registration system for a multi-player online game. The company was cool enough to include me as a named credit on the box, with the rest of those of us that worked on the registration/payment online stuff for it.

    For the 2nd one: I think I am the only user, but I released it gpl in case someone besides me ever uses it, or finds parts of it useful for their own project(s).

  • I write some code but my credits are all in IMDB you insensitive clod. ( nm1487742 )

  • by tsa (15680)

    I beta tested an adventure game once. Now I'm in the credits list of that game. Nice!

  • by 93 Escort Wagon (326346) on Friday June 07, 2013 @01:56AM (#43933167)

    You wouldn't know it from my Slashdot name, though.

    My real name is #!/bin/sh

  • I'm pretty sure that I've been mentioned in more than 20 core patches to Drupal over the years.

    Other than that, most of my open source code exists as personal projects in permanent pre-alpha state on github, so it doesn't really count as released.

  • What counts as released? Open-source stuff with an unknown number of users? Stuff written for one-off use? For friends? For clients? Only complete programs, or individual utilities?

  • My one and only open source project got forked after I stopped maintaining it.

  • entirely syntactically incorrect pidgin code since I've not done any type of programming in nearly fifteen years and forgotten most of it:

    {
    for n=1 to 21{
    for o=1 to 5{
    append data(o) file(n+"program".bas)
    next
    }
    }
    {
    for n=1 to 21{
    ch. file(n+"program".bas)
    next
    }
    DATA print $thisfilename
    DATA print * Written by Tastecicles *
    }

    three loops, two nested.
    There's 22. :) and if you can actually get that thing working...

  • After my illustrious military career, I took up coding. I write the code that displays errors and what not. Normally, the suits don't like it when you sign your code so that the end user sees it, but I figured out a way around that. I only signed the errors! They hardly notice.

    Yours Truly,
    General P. Fault

Dennis Ritchie is twice as bright as Steve Jobs, and only half wrong. -- Jim Gettys

 



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