Thomas Heller: PS: I find it strange that everyone so far seems to be against it.
Tim Peters: I didn't get that sense yet. I did get the sense they're not actively *for* it yet, and the questions asked so far explain why: What does it buy us?
Greg Wilson: I'd really like class methods so that my classes can carry their factory methods around with them, and so that these factories can be selectively overridden in derived classes. I have machinery to do all of this using freestanding functions, but it's clumsy and error-prone. Of course, so is a lot of my code... :-)