I've been invited to be a coauthor on a software publication for an open source program where I contributed a minor bugfix.
My contribution was small, and I certainly wouldn't have been offended if I hadn't been included in the author list. But they've chosen to invite all contributors, and I'm trying to figure out whether I should accept.
On one hand, I could do with a bump to my paper count (post-doc looking for TT), and this is a project I'm proud to have contributed to. (I've joked that in code-multiplied-by-computers, my 2-line contribution to this takes more drive space in the world than my 10000-line domain-specific program).
On the other hand, I wouldn't have invited me as a coauthor. Also, I feel weird that a paper with such a minor contribution may end up near the top of my most-cited, and I'm not sure how that will appear to the job market.
Is there a downside to joining the author list for such a minor contribution?
Is it unethical to benefit from someone else's bar for coauthorship being much lower than mine?
(Looking at other invited coauthors, I see some people with similar contributions going either way; yes or no.)