[python-committers] Github accounts

M.-A. Lemburg mal at egenix.com
Sun Jan 3 16:43:30 EST 2016

On 03.01.2016 22:06, Guido van Rossum wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 3, 2016 at 5:38 AM, M.-A. Lemburg <mal at egenix.com> wrote:
>> On 03.01.2016 05:19, Guido van Rossum wrote:
>>> This hardly seems like a real problem, so let's not worry more about it
>>> until someone actually needs help solving this.
>> For Andrew, it would have been a real problem, so IMO it's better
>> to be prepared for it and let potential new contributors know that
>> we can help resolve the issue.
>> Otherwise, people who potentially have a problem wouldn't even
>> consider contributing via the new Github workflow, which can't
>> really be in our interest.
> The problem can hardly be unique to Python, can it? Thousands of well-known
> open source projects are now on GitHub. Also note Alex's comment that it
> has literally never come up for Django (which IMO has a healthier ration of
> contributors than core Python).

Right, but people who have such a problem won't become contributors
if a Github account is the prerequisite for this and most likely
also won't bother asking for help. Others will either silently
accept violating Github terms by using multiple accounts or
ignore potential problems they might run into with their employers.

I think we should be pro-active and tell people that we are aware
of the problem, do care and will offer help where needed.

Who knows, perhaps this will trigger some rethinking on behalf of
Github to remove the restriction in their ToCs.

Marc-Andre Lemburg

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