[python-committers] Reminder of BDFL succession timeline + CFP

Mariatta Wijaya mariatta.wijaya at gmail.com
Wed Aug 1 15:41:51 EDT 2018

Since this is like a CFP I figured we should clarify what's expected the
proposal, and I also wanted to be more detailed in the timeline.

*Oct 1 00:00:00 UTC:* Deadline of coming up with proposals of governance

To be included in the proposal:
- explanation and reasoning of the governance model
- expected roles and responsibilities
- candidate for the role need not be included at this time, since we're
only choosing the governance model. Depending on the governance model
chosen, we might have different people to be nominated. There will be a
separate process for nominating the candidate.
- the term of governance: is it for life? 5 years? 10 years?

Who can submit the proposal?
Python core developers. Individual core devs can submit a proposal, or
co-author the proposal with another core dev.

How to submit the proposal?
Proposal should be in a form of a PEP, and merged into peps repo before Oct
1 00:00:00 UTC. Proposals not merged after Oct 1 00:00:00 UTC will not be

*Oct 1 - Nov 15: Review period.*
All core developers will review the PEPs, and ask any questions to the PEP
author. This timeline allows for enough time for all core devs to carefully
review each PEPs, and for authors to respond.

There will be two parts of this:

*Review phase 1: Oct 1- Nov 1:* Allow changes and tweaks to the proposed
I figured people will have questions and will need to clarify the PEPs
during this period. But if we want the PEP to be final by Oct 1, that's
fine by me. maybe allow typo fixes still.

*Review phase 2: Nov 1 00:00:00 UTC*: No more changes to the above PEPs.
No more tweaks to these PEPs. PRs to these PEPs should be rejected.
This is the final chance to carefully review all governance PEPs, and
formulate your decisions.

*Nov 15 00:00:00 UTC: Voting for new governance model starts, and will go
for 2 weeks*
Send reminders for folks to vote.

Who can vote:
Only core developers can vote.

*Vote will be anonymous.*
*We will use the system used to elect PSF board members.*

*Dec 1 00:00:00 UTC: Voting ended*.
The most voted proposal will be accepted.
Depending on the chosen governance model, we'll begin nominating candidates
to fill the role(s).

*Dec 10 00:00:00 UTC Deadline for nominating candidates to fill the role*
Maybe just one PEP to list all the nominations, instead of separate PEPs of
each candidates.

Who can nominate: Python core developers
Who can be nominated: Python core developers

*Dec 15 00:00:00 UTC Voting for new successor starts*
(Depends on the governance model chosen on Dec 1)

*Who can vote:*
*Only core developers can vote.*

*Vote will be anonymous.*
*We will use the system used to elect PSF board members.*

*Jan 1 00:00:00 UTC Voting for new successor ends.* Most voted candidate(s)
is chosen.

The PSF's Code of Conduct applies to all interactions with core devs
regarding this process, including interactions in any mailing lists, zulip,
IRC, twitter, GitHub, backchannels.

1. For the purpose of eligibility (for voting or writing the PEP), who are
considered as "core developers"? Anyone in python-committers? Anyone on
Python Core GitHub team? Anyone with commit bit? What about core developers
of alternate implementation (PyPy, IronPython, etc)

2. Are people ok UTC timezone?

3. Should this be a PEP?

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