[Distutils] pip/warehouse feature idea: "help needed"

Wes Turner wes.turner at gmail.com
Sat Apr 11 18:44:42 CEST 2015

On Sat, Apr 11, 2015 at 9:53 AM, Alexander Walters <tritium-list at sdamon.com>

>  Is the package index really the best place to put this?  This is a very
> social-networking feature for the authoritative repository of just about
> all the third party module, and it feels like either it could corrupt the
> 'sanctity' of the repository (in the absolute worst case), or simply be
> totally ineffective because we all only see the cheese shop through pip and
> twin (in the best case).
> I am not saying the PSF shouldn't do this, but is pypi REALLY the best
> part of python.org to put it?

There would need to be an additional application parsing egg/wheel metadata

> On 4/11/2015 10:46, Nick Coghlan wrote:
> Guido mentioned in his PyCon keynote this morning that we don't currently
> have a great way for package authors to ask for help from their user base.
> It occurred to me that it could be useful to have a "Help needed" feature
> on PyPI (after the Warehouse migration) where package maintainers could
> register requests for assistance, such as:
> * looking for new maintainers
> * requests for help with Python 3 support
> * links to specific issues a maintainer would like help with
> * links to donation pages (including links to Patreon, Gratipay, etc)
> * links to crowdfunding campaigns for specific new features
> * links to CVs/LinkedIn if folks are looking for work
> Given a requirements.txt file, pip could then gain a "help-needed" command
> that pulled the "help needed" entries for the named projects.
> The general idea would be to provide a direct channel from project
> maintainers that may need help to their users who may be in a position to
> provide that help. It wouldn't need to be too complicated, just a Markdown
> field that maintainers could edit.
> In some cases, software is backed by folks that already have a sustainable
> support model. For these it could be nice if the Markdown field could be
> used to say "Help not needed", and give credit to the people or orgs
> supporting them.
> It's not something we can do anything about until after the Warehouse
> migration, but I figured I'd mention it while I was thinking about it :)
> Cheers,
> Nick.
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