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Subject[patch] Documentation/SubmittingPatches: Reported-by tags and permission
The reported-by text says you have to ask for permission, but that's
only if the bug was reported in private. These days the standard is to
always give reported-by credit or it's considered a bit rude.

Signed-off-by: Dan Carpenter <>

diff --git a/Documentation/SubmittingPatches b/Documentation/SubmittingPatches
index 26b1e31d5a13..f72ce7803b71 100644
--- a/Documentation/SubmittingPatches
+++ b/Documentation/SubmittingPatches
@@ -432,12 +432,9 @@ have been included in the discussion

14) Using Reported-by:, Tested-by:, Reviewed-by: and Suggested-by:

-If this patch fixes a problem reported by somebody else, consider adding a
-Reported-by: tag to credit the reporter for their contribution. Please
-note that this tag should not be added without the reporter's permission,
-especially if the problem was not reported in a public forum. That said,
-if we diligently credit our bug reporters, they will, hopefully, be
-inspired to help us again in the future.
+The Reported-by tag is to give credit to people who find bugs and report them.
+Please note that if the bug was reported in private, then ask for permission
+first before using the Reported-by tag.

A Tested-by: tag indicates that the patch has been successfully tested (in
some environment) by the person named. This tag informs maintainers that

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