[meta-sig] Re: [Python-Dev] SIG: python-lang
Thu, 1 Jun 2000 06:36:29 -0400 (EDT)
Tim Peters writes:
> I don't know how to solve that, but it sounds like each of the rest of you
> does <wink>. I know what's needed in the *end*, though: a permanent
> repository for spec and rationale docs, coupled with free-form discussion
> forums. Nothing of permanent interest should remain in the forum:
> everything a newcomer to an issue needs to know should appear in the
> appropriate spec or the rationale. And every particular idea needs a
> champion whose job it is to update those docs, else the idea drops out of
This sounds a bit like the RFC mechanism used by the IETF. The email
lists are used for discussions, but the specifications and rationales
are captured as numbered documents. Perhaps python.org should have a
(in)formal submission process modeled after the IETF process.
The wiki idea sounds interesting as well, but I like the persistence
of the IETF RFC documents. My only complaints with the IETF RFCs is
the lack of forward references in obsoleted RFC, but other than that I
find it very easy to track the important decisions made by the IETF.
I suppose the Python RFCs could use an XML document format to add some
structure to the Python RFCs.