[Distutils] Improving Communication

James Bennett ubernostrum at gmail.com
Sat Apr 21 21:04:35 EDT 2018

Pulling in a sort-of success story from another large project, I like the
general way things happen in Django.

For developers proposing an idea or fixing a bug:

* There's IRC (#django-dev) for quick, synchronous-ish discussion, useful
for someone to find a sounding board for an idea
* There's a dev mailing list where proposals can be discussed a bit more
* There's the public ticket tracker as a place to follow work being done

And for users seeking help or general discussion:

* There's IRC (#django) and a users mailing list
* There's an official-ish subreddit moderated by committers
* And there's the rest of the internet, including Stack Overflow, which we
can't moderate but which many experienced people in the community do pay
attention to

We've avoided using GitHub issues for Django, preferring the workflow tools
we get from our own customized Trac instance.

I wonder whether something similar -- a real-time chat for
discussion/sounding board/etc., mailing list to bring things to once
they've been thought about a bit, public tracker for following
work/archival purposes -- would work for packaging.

(I am also wary of too much "process"; Django has a fair bit, and more than
I'd ideally like, but my experience has been that process and participation
are generally inversely correlated)
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