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Date:   Sat, 13 Feb 2021 07:51:32 +0100 (CET)
From:   "B.R. Oake" <broake@...lfence.com>
To:     Maxime Ripard <maxime@...no.tech>
Cc:     linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org,
        Jernej Skrabec <jernej.skrabec@...l.net>,
        linux-arm-kernel@...ts.infradead.org,
        Chen-Yu Tsai <wens@...nel.org>, linux-sunxi@...glegroups.com,
        Rob Herring <robh+dt@...nel.org>, devicetree@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH] ARM: dts: sun8i: h3: orangepi-plus: Fix Ethernet PHY
 mode

On Wed Feb 10 at 16:01:18 CET 2021, Maxime Ripard wrote:
> Unfortunately we can't take this patch as is, this needs to be your real name, see:
> https://www.kernel.org/doc/html/latest/process/submitting-patches.html#developer-s-certificate-of-origin-1-1

Dear Maxime,

Thank you very much for considering my contribution and for all your 
work on supporting sunxi-based hardware; I appreciate it.

Thank you for referring me to the Developer's Certificate of Origin, but 
I had already read it before submitting (I had to do so in order to know 
what I was saying by "Signed-off-by:") and I do certify what it says.

Looking through recent entries in the commit log of the mainline kernel, 
I see several patches from authors such as:

  H.J. Lu <hjl.tools@...il.com>
  B K Karthik <karthik.bk2000@...e.com>
  JC Kuo <jckuo@...dia.com>
  EJ Hsu <ejh@...dia.com>
  LH Lin <lh.lin@...iatek.com>
  KP Singh <kpsingh@...nel.org>
  Karthik B S <karthik.b.s@...el.com>
  Shreyas NC <shreyas.nc@...el.com>
  Vandana BN <bnvandana@...il.com>

so I believe names of this form are in fact acceptable, even if the 
style might seem a little old-fashioned to some.

I would like to add that I have met many people with names such as C.J., 
A A, TC, MG, etc. That is what everybody calls them and it would be 
natural for them to sign themselves that way. Some of them might want to 
contribute to Linux some day, and I think it would be a great shame and 
a loss to all of us if they were discouraged from doing so by reading 
our conversation in the archives and concluding that any contribution 
from them, however small, would be summarily refused simply because of 
their name. Please could you ensure that does not happen?

Thank you again for your consideration.

Yours sincerely,
B.R. Oake.

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