When working on open source projects should one time contributor's (I mean like single or minor patchset, nothing that would be considered a major contribution ) be listed as an Author? or should they simply get listed in say an acknowledgement section somewhere? If you contribute a small patch to a project where do you want to get listed?
If the single contribution ended up being half the project, then yes, of course the contributor should be listed as an author. However, that's probably not what you had in mind. It all depends on the fractional workload - how much that one person has contributed compared to everyone else. It doesn't matter if the contribution was a once-off occurrence of if they submitted multiple contributions.
I wouldn't want to be treated or acknowledged any different than anyone else. If my work was seen as equal to another developer's, I would want to be where he is listed. If he isn't acknowledged at all, I wouldn't want to be either.