Sorry, hit send too soon...
On Sat, 22 Sep 2018 at 13:24, Paul Moore email@example.com wrote:
On Sat, 22 Sep 2018 at 10:56, Anders Hovmöller firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
If one doesn't know who the senior developers are yet, she should think twice about whether she's ready to PEP anything. That's not a litmus test; some PEPs have eventually succeeded though the proponent was new to the project development process. But it's a lot less painful if you can tell who's likely to be able to sway the whole project one way or the other.
I think that entire paragraph made it sound even worse than what I wrote originally. It reads to an outsider as “if you don’t know what’s wrong I’m not going to tell you”.
More like, if you're not sufficiently familiar with the community or the language, you have some research to do to get to a point where your proposals are likely to be sufficiently well informed. People could simply tell you the facts, but that wouldn't help with the process of becoming familiar with the community/language.
Yes, that's a barrier to people making proposals. But not all barriers to entry are bad - this one says, do your research in advance, which IMO is a bare minimum people should expect to need to do...