On Fri, Oct 20, 2017, at 12:15 PM, Donald Stufft wrote:
Tell you what, I’ll drop everything today and write up a PEP...

Donald, why are you so determined that this spec should not be created? Your time is enormously valuable, so why would you drop everything to write a PEP which implies changes to tooling, simply so that we don't document the status quo? Even if we do make that change, there are thousands of existing packages using the existing de-facto standard, so it would still be valuable to document it.

If it makes things easier, I'll host the spec on my own site and add a 'see also' from the specs page of the packaging user guide (because I think people would expect it to be there, even if it's not the 'right' place). But I don't think anyone else has expressed any objection to putting the spec there.