[AstroPy] POLL: vision for a common Astronomy package

Marshall Perrin mperrin at stsci.edu
Mon Jun 27 16:47:31 EDT 2011

Structuring this as a binary yes/no vote seems a little restrictive to me. Is there any room for discussion or comments prior to this vote? I would have expected something a little more like Python's PEP workflow (http://www.python.org/dev/peps/pep-0001/#pep-work-flow) in which community feedback is applied to a document developed by one or more leaders. 

(Nothing in this email should be taken to imply approval or lack thereof of anything in the draft text. I'm more just stating my own opinion that binary votes are not necessarily the best decision making process for complex issues, where 'yes, but' or 'yes and also' or 'no unless' can at times be very valuable in drawing on the community's expertise...)

 - Marshall

From: astropy-bounces at scipy.org [astropy-bounces at scipy.org] on behalf of Thomas Robitaille [thomas.robitaille at gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, June 27, 2011 4:22 PM
To: astropy at scipy.org
Subject: Re: [AstroPy] POLL: vision for a common Astronomy package

Just a quick note to avoid any confusion - the two polls are
independent, so you will need to click 'vote' for each one in turn.


On 27 June 2011 22:16, Thomas Robitaille <thomas.robitaille at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> In the last week, Erik, Perry, and myself have been discussing how
> best to coordinate the development of the common Python Astronomy
> package. We have now converged on a common vision, and would now like
> to know whether you would be happy with it too. The vision and a
> poll are available at the following pages:
> vision: http://astropy.wikispaces.com/vision
> poll: http://astropy.wikispaces.com/vision-polls
> In addition, 'astropy' has been suggested by several people as a name
> for this common package, so rather than creating a multi-option poll,
> we've created a simple yes/no poll to find out whether you would agree
> with this name. The idea is to have a name that does not endorse any
> specific existing project, is in line with numpy/scipy, and reflects
> its initial development via this mailing list. The poll is located at
> the same URL as before.
> The polls will be open unti Friday 1st July at 9pm EST.
> Thanks!
> Thomas
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