Two examples to look at: security advisories and newspaper bylines. Vendor security advisories are good at crediting the person who reported a security bug -- why not something similar for anyone who runs a "git bisect" session that results in a fix, or builds and tests a patch? The old-school newspaper rule is that if you see a byline of "Mary Example and Joe Random" then Mary was the one on-scene telling about the events to Joe, who actually wrote the copy. Maybe the kernel could do something similar for lengthy troubleshooting sessions. (And credit all whitespace fixes to firstname.lastname@example.org and all spelling fixes to email@example.com ?)
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