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Check this answer -- originally authored by me with minor changes by Peter Mortensen. It shows 56% authorship by Peter when he only contributed 27 characters.

Should "Developer Testing" be folded into a more general "Programmers" site?

Diff-algorithm kicks in even when changes made by one of the editors are completely rolled back:

http://i.stack.imgur.com/v6lYg.jpg

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Apparently the diff-algorithm is line-based. –  Georg Fritzsche Sep 24 '10 at 13:55
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@Georg - wow, it can calculate the number of characters that the other person contributed, but it doesn't use this value in edit strength computation? That seems really odd to me. Also, that seems odd because his edit did not increase the number of lines in the post and the amount contributed per line is vastly in my favor. –  tvanfosson Sep 24 '10 at 14:00
    
@tvanfosson: I don't really know, thus just a comment with what i found. –  Georg Fritzsche Sep 24 '10 at 14:14
    
+1, nice catch! –  Pops Sep 24 '10 at 15:55
    
Hm, I tested this here and now it says "50% anon"; not sure what to make of that, yet. –  Pops Sep 24 '10 at 16:05
    
@pop - well, that link killed IE. –  tvanfosson Sep 24 '10 at 16:16
    
@tvanfosson, sorry, I remember when that question killed Chrome. Not sure what I can do about it other than rolling back... or if it was even my edit. –  Pops Sep 24 '10 at 16:30

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Current diff algorithm makes CW posts look like contributors have been abducted by aliens.

Line breaks may be all that matters for Klingons, but human beings are used to believe that character count, well, counts.

It is well known that rolled back changes are considered valuable contribution at Alpha Centauri, but we at Planet Earth tend to think otherwise.

http://i.stack.imgur.com/I1GY5.jpg

  • A workaround to force Klingon diff display a major contributor as an author (tested here) is for the user to add then remove a dummy text with sufficient amount of line breaks:

    <!--
    CW attribution algorithm work-around: 
    See http://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/65541
    
    Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit...
    ...put sufficient amount of lines here
    -->
    
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Nope, characters are irrelevant :) –  Benjol May 16 '12 at 6:11

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