Howdy! I'm digging deeper into WordPress and enjoying the challenge very much. Right now I'm picking apart the WP_Widget Class and looking at various core files to see the code and such. One line leaped out to me and actually disturbed me so I came here looking for some clarification. In the wp-includes/widget.php file the second paragraph reads:
This functionality was found in a plugin before WordPress 2.2 release which included it in the core from that point on.
Now I don't know how the WordPress community attributes works to it's contributors and supporters but I would think that this would be a perfect place to give the author a mention. I don't know if the original plugin had a license assigned to it but from what I've seen most every piece of software has some type of attribution clause attached. Even if the plugin had no attribution clause I think this would be a good place for an honorable mention anyway. Now I'm not trying to stir the pudding here but if I ever write a plugin and I hope to someday and WordPress morphs that plugin into the core I would hope to have some attribution statement. Hell it might throw some work toward that person. I'm looking for thoughts about this. If you have any or maybe I've missed out on a community board where those things are posted. Have Fun!