mal> Regarding the subject line: don't know if it's just me, but I would mal> like to see some of the conservative development style we had mal> established a few years ago return in Python's development process. mal> Some of the recent developments left me under the impression of the mal> need to rush changes with no apparent reason (for rushing them).
I think this is a side-effect of having a largely time-based instead of goal-based release process. With a goal-based release process you can effectively say:
We will sell no wine before its time. - Orson Welles, in a Paul Masson ad from my childhood