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I am working on a project (software) for an organization. Someone else from that organization asked If I could build something for the organization. I did so, for free in fact because I wanted to support this organization. Now heres the problem. This other person, has come back and asked me to polish up the titles/credits give to us in the about screen. But he want's to be called the lead Developer and call me lead Programmer. The thing is that, he has not contributed any code towards this application. Thing is, I feel that I developed/programmed/designed the entire thing. I did 100% of the actual product including design. His input was, can we have it have a specific color background (for design) or how soon "we" can incorporate another feature. Maybe I'm being one sided, but technical stuff wise, the other person has no "developmental" use. I'm still happy to have him, because he is my contact within the organization and he has brought some interest into the product but I don't know if the title is fitting. What do you think the best title/solution is here? Am I being narcissistic/worrying about things that don't matter?

Let me be clearer 1. Dude asks me if I can make something 2. I say yes. I want to help the organization that he works for (the product is not for profit) 3. I build the thing with design and stuff 4. Initial launch. 5. He suggests some design changes, maybe a feature. 6. I change + add features 7. Pretty successful, generates interest in growing larger 8. And then, the tittle issue

Would Lead Consultant be a nice way out of this?

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Ask your boss... –  user1249 May 7 '11 at 21:26
Ask your boss, and then ask what kind of drama you'd be stepping into. This sounds like a trainwreck in the making. –  Charles May 7 '11 at 21:52
Am I being narcissistic/worrying about things that don't matter? Well, I have to say, I'd be more worried about the fact that I'd built something for an organizing "for free" than about the fact that they want to credit someone who only made a minor contribution as "Lead Developer". Are you an employee of this organization and this is something you built on your own time? Or is there no formal connection between you at all? –  Carson63000 May 7 '11 at 22:22
Get rid of the About screen. –  Walter May 8 '11 at 13:07
I think "Dude" is a great title. </sarcasm> If you appreciate your dude's inputs on the graphics or design, you can give him a title of "Designer". –  rwong Jul 9 '11 at 18:53

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I dont see any reason for him to have a development credit. This is your work. Its quite possible he's used to sliding through life by taking credit for other people's effort. Or maybe he's just playing office politics. Actually, I find it pretty sleazy for him to even ask you for such credit. If his name needs to be on there for 'political' reasons, perhaps put him in as "(org name) consultant" or "(org name) liason". I would not use the term Lead, which implies he directed you. But if this was my product, there's no way in heck he gets a development credit.

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Thanks! This is a nice resolution and I'm totally with you. It's not even Political reasons, he is my "friend" and I was a little surprised by his behavior, but I don't want to give him a developmental credit as you said. I'll deal with this later, and do more important work and see what he does. Thanks for the help. Question is open for one more day! –  HelloFictionalWorld May 9 '11 at 4:34

If you don't feel that he did anything to merit the title, then ask him to quantify it (if you truly care) for you so you can write it accurately. Explain to him the free nature of the product and that you intend to use it in your portfolio/resume and so your accomplishments/responsibilities should be accurately and appropriately expressed in the credits section.

If you don't plan to use it in your portfolio and you aren't making money on it though, then what's the fuss? Who cares who gets credit for it? You're not gaining anything by getting full credit anyway.

I've had people in my various jobs attempt to take credit for my work, and I've always immediately called them on it by asking them to remind me what exactly they did in some public forum.

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Thanks Joel! I just don't know the best way to say this. I can ask him, okay, what exactly did you "develop"/do you know the meaning of develop? I don't need to make anyone angry, but this is pretty important in future projects so thanks. :) –  HelloFictionalWorld May 8 '11 at 1:01
I'll just change his credit to consultant and we'll see what he does. –  HelloFictionalWorld May 8 '11 at 1:02
and I would vote you up, but I can't right now. But I'll be sure to come back :) –  HelloFictionalWorld May 8 '11 at 1:07

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