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gh: some public facing changes

contributing is fine but the what is harvey section in read me
needs help.

Signed-off-by: Sevki <>
Sevki 3 years ago
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@@ -46,9 +46,9 @@ Harvey uses Github Pull Requests to accept contributions.
 	For example, @keedon selected the branch name `statscrash` for
     issue #70.
 3.  Make changes
-4.  Commit with a descriptive message:
+4.  Commit with a descriptive message and [signed-off-by:](
-    $ git commit -m "A brief summary of the commit
+    $ git commit -m -s "A brief summary of the commit
     > A paragraph describing what changed and its impact."
@@ -127,6 +127,61 @@ conflict.
 - [Video: Undo, Redo & Rebase Your Git History](
 - [Video: Git Rebase](
+### Sign your work
+The sign-off is a simple line at the end of the explanation for the patch. Your
+signature certifies that you wrote the patch or otherwise have the right to pass
+it on as an open-source patch. The rules are pretty simple: if you can certify
+the below (from [](
+Developer Certificate of Origin
+Version 1.1
+Copyright (C) 2004, 2006 The Linux Foundation and its contributors.
+1 Letterman Drive
+Suite D4700
+San Francisco, CA, 94129
+Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies of this
+license document, but changing it is not allowed.
+Developer's Certificate of Origin 1.1
+By making a contribution to this project, I certify that:
+(a) The contribution was created in whole or in part by me and I
+    have the right to submit it under the open source license
+    indicated in the file; or
+(b) The contribution is based upon previous work that, to the best
+    of my knowledge, is covered under an appropriate open source
+    license and I have the right under that license to submit that
+    work with modifications, whether created in whole or in part
+    by me, under the same open source license (unless I am
+    permitted to submit under a different license), as indicated
+    in the file; or
+(c) The contribution was provided directly to me by some other
+    person who certified (a), (b) or (c) and I have not modified
+    it.
+(d) I understand and agree that this project and the contribution
+    are public and that a record of the contribution (including all
+    personal information I submit with it, including my sign-off) is
+    maintained indefinitely and may be redistributed consistent with
+    this project or the open source license(s) involved.
+Then you just add a line to every git commit message:
+    Signed-off-by: Joe Smith <>
+Use your real name (sorry, no pseudonyms or anonymous contributions.)
+If you set your `` and `` git configs, you can sign your
+commit automatically with `git commit -s`.
 ## Coding conventions

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@@ -5,6 +5,12 @@ Harvey: A distributed operating system
 Welcome to Harvey, we are delighted that you are interested in the
+## What is harvey?
+Harvey is a distributed operating system. It is direct descendant
+[Plan 9 from Bell Labs]( which was originally
+developed by the same group at Bell Labs that developed Unix and C.
 - Take a look at the
   [Getting Started](
   guide to learn how to get Harvey and how to play with it.