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Use Humans.txt to credit your team for a project

ravgeetdhillon profile image Ravgeet Dhillon Originally published at ravsam.in on ・2 min read

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We all love to take credit for the work that we are proud of and there is nothing wrong with that. Whenever we work on the project, we put our team/company name in the footer of the website , or in the about section. However, this doesn’t take into consideration the members of the team who worked on the project. These members can be Designers, Developers, SEOs, QAs, etc. To attribute the team behind the project, there is a thing called humans.txt

What is humans.txt?

Humans.txt is a great initiative for listing the individuals who worked behind a project. It’s an initiative for knowing the people behind a website. Basically, it is just a .txt file that contains information about individuals and their roles in a particular project.

Humans.txt Example

/\* TEAM \*/
 Project Lead: John Smith
 Contact: johnsmith [at] gmail.com
 Twitter: @johnsmith
 From: New York, USA

 UI Designer: Tim Jacob
 Contact: timjacob [at] gmail.com
 Twitter: @timjacob
 From: New York, USA

 Project Lead: Jennifer Jaine
 Contact: jenniferjaine [at] gmail.com
 Twitter: @jenniferjaine
 From: Toronto, Cananda

/\* SITE \*/
 Last update: 2020/10/05
 Language: English
 Doctype: HTML5
 IDE: VSCode
 Technologies: Jekyll, Python
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Should we always humans.txt?

Humans.txt is completely optional. It is not related to SEO. But it is a way to tell the world about the individuals who worked hard behind the website.

Who to mention on humans.txt?

We can mention anyone on the humans.txt. We can attribute our designers, developers, SEOs, Project Manager, .etc. On an Open Source project, we can add all the contributors in the humans.txt by automating it through CI/CD.

Where should I add humans.txt?

Humans.txt lives at the root of the website. We can add a tag in the

of our website.
<link type="text/plain" rel="author" href="http://example.com/humans.txt">
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We hope that you will use the humans.txt in your current or upcoming project and attribute your team for what they do. Cheers!

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Chris Boles

I had never heard of that before. Thank you for sharing.👍

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Ravgeet Dhillon Author

Thanks Chris. Glad that you liked it.

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Duc Huynh

It is supper new for me, Thanks for sharing

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Ravgeet Dhillon Author

Your welcome, Duc.

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Sağol

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Benzara Tahar Benlahcene

Interesting, is there a specific way of viewing it's content by others rather then typing the url of the humans.txt file in the browser?

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Ravgeet Dhillon Author

You can surely add a link to the humans.txt in the footer of the website.

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Federico "Edo" Granata

It's something already parsed by Google or any other search engine?

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Ravgeet Dhillon Author

As far as I know, this is not related to SEO. The main motive behind this initiative is that the web is for humans.

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Federico "Edo" Granata

It's sad ... this could be helpful for searching project made by someone.
For humans I think a good "about" page is far more accessible.

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Daniel Dogeanu

I've been using this for years now. This is also a good way to prove that you've worked on a website to employers when you get a new job.

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Ravgeet Dhillon Author

Great. Nice to know, Daniel.