I worked with many and various contributors on the Python projects last 3 years. All contributors made a lot of effort to understand the process (which is complex and not well documented), try to find information by themself (ask find the right place to ask questions like "how can I find information"), produced patches, accepted reviews and updated their patches. I really enjoyed working with them.
Whereas it's really a pain to "work" with Anatoly. It's really a difficult to try to understand what he means. He have to repeat the same things again and again to help him to express his suggestion. I don't remember once when I was happy to see that he understood and don't repeat the same mistakes. He always complains about the CLA, whereas other developers focus on patches, no on the CLA.
I don't like how Anatoly suggests changes. It's always something like "Python sucks" (Python "warts" is Anatoly's idea) whereas other developers are more kind: "xxx can be improved: I suggest to ..." (sometimes with a patch, yeah!).
Seriously, why should I care of Anatoly whereas I can spend my time helping other productive developers who really want to contribute and do produce patches?
I don't care of what Anatoly does outside mailing lists and the bug tracker, but in my opinion, he has a clear negative effect on the mailing lists and the bug tracker and making us loose our time. I do care of Anatoly because people who don't know him and read his messages would have a very bad opinion of Python (Python is full of warts, everything is broken, the CLA is evil, the process sucks, etc.).
He was warned too many times. I see no progress.
2013/11/29 Antoine Pitrou email@example.com:
I'm a bit curious, but do people think Anatoly is now behaving more constructively than before? He does seem to post *less*, otherwise...
After all, he's just sent another rant about the "community process" in which the word CLA seems to appear multiple times: https://mail.python.org/pipermail/python-dev/2013-November/130632.html
python-committers mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org https://mail.python.org/mailman/listinfo/python-committers