If one goes to httWhps://www.python.org/downloads
<https://www.python.org/downloads> from a Windows browser, the default
download URL is for the 32-bit installer instead of the 64-bit one.
I wonder why is this still the case?
Shouldn't we encourage new Windows users (who may not even know the
distinction between the two architectures) to use the 64-bit version of
Python, since most likely they can?
If this is not the correct forum for this, please let me know where I can
direct my question/feature request, thanks.
We're reaching the end of the year and it's time for another pair of Python 3 maintenance releases, 3.7.2 and 3.6.8, before we ring out 2018. Since there are still some open release blocker issues and I haven't been bugging you about them, I've moved the code cutoff for the release candidates to this coming Friday, 12-07, by the end of the day (AOE). That gives us all another 4 days to review open issues and PRs. Please give highest attention to any release blockers you have been shepherding or reviewing. Thanks!
A reminder: as previously announced, 3.6.8 is planned to be the last bugfix release of the 3.6 series. Python 3.6.0 was released on 2016-12-23, so by the time 3.6.8 is released, 3.6.x will have been in bugfix mode almost exactly 2 years. When a new feature release is made and enters "bugfix" mode, our policy has long been to continue to maintain the previous bugfix branch for at least one more release and then move that branch to "security fix only" mode. 3.7.0 (and 3.6.6) was released nearly six months ago and, with the release of 3.6.8, there will have been two additional 3.6.x bugfix releases since then. So, barring any showstopper issues that might arise, the upcoming 3.6.8rc1 is your last chance to make bugfix changes for 3.6.x. Following the successful release of 3.6.8, only security fixes will be accepted for the 3.6 branch and future 3.6.x releases will be source-only and scheduled as needed; no further binary installers will be produced for 3.6. Refer to the Dev Guide sections and release PEPs linked below for more information.
nad(a)python.org -- 
I think readers of this mailing-list could be interested in the
vote's results, which have been published just today:
In short, PEP 8016 ("The Steering Council Model", by Nathaniel and
Donald) will define how Python development operates going forward.
I encourage people to read the long-form results at the URL above,
since the detailed rankings provide valuable information about the
committers' overall preference as well.
The next step will probably be to elect the first Steering Council:
That election again will be reserved to Python committers.