ACKS to re-organize as family name, given name [email]?

Currently, Misc/ACKS is organized as a list “in rough alphabetical order by last names”.

IMHO, it is not easy for both humans and programs to sort. And there are already quite some mistakes as it is hard to insert a new one as the list grows or people are just confused.


Victor Terrón
Pablo Galindo
Richard M. Tew
Gennadiy Zlobin
Doug Zongker
Peter Åstrand
Vlad Emelianov
Andrey Doroschenko

And name duplication is not a rare condition, so can I suggest this format?
family name, given name [email]

email is optional to address name duplication. With this format, a small script can be written to insert a new contributor to ensure the correctness.


Yes, it’s meant to be sorted using human judgment, and can’t be sorted by a program (and isn’t, so no problem here). Not everyone has a first name and a family name, and different languages have different sorting rules.

Some time ago I reordered some stray entries and removed some duplicates.
If that small issue came back, a PR can fix it.

I don’t think this needs to be changed.


I think we’ve outgrown Misc/ACKS so maybe it’s time to just git rm the file?

I don’t think we should ditch it for those that predate git and thus attribution from that mechanism, but I do think it’s reasonable to mark it a historical document and not ever update it again.


That sounds like a fine resolution.

My mom is in that file, and she’ll never have a GitHub account.


Sounds good to me. Thank you all for the replies.