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

Nick Coghlan ncoghlan at gmail.com
Mon Apr 13 03:08:33 CEST 2015

On 11 Apr 2015 12:22, "Alexander Walters" <tritium-list at sdamon.com> wrote:
> 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)

If you're concerned that this feature might weaken the comforting illusion
that PyPI published software is contributed and maintained by faceless
automatons rather than living, breathing human beings, then yes,
encouraging folks to think more about where the software they use is coming
from would be a large part of the point of adding such a feature.

> or simply be totally ineffective because we all only see the cheese shop
through pip and twin (in the best case).

Hence the idea of making the feature accessible through the command line
clients, not just the web service.

> I am not saying the PSF shouldn't do this, but is pypi REALLY the best
part of python.org to put it?

I personally believe so, yes - sustaining software over the long term is
expensive in people's time, but it's often something we take for granted.
The specific example Guido brought up in his keynote was the challenge of
communicating a project's openness to Python 3 porting assistance.

In the current user experience, if a project we use stops getting updated,
resentment at the lack of updates is a more likely reaction for most of us
than concern for whether or not the maintainer is OK.

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