[python-committers] Transfer of power

Mark Shannon mark at hotpy.org
Thu Jul 12 12:17:17 EDT 2018

On 12/07/18 15:57, Guido van Rossum wrote:
> Now that PEP 572 is done, I don't ever want to have to fight so hard for 
> a PEP and find that so many people despise my decisions.
> I would like to remove myself entirely from the decision process. I'll 
> still be there for a while as an ordinary core dev, and I'll still be 
> available to mentor people -- possibly more available. But I'm basically 
> giving myself a permanent vacation from being BDFL, and you all will be 
> on your own.

Thanks for all your work. You should be very proud of all you have achieved.

I expect I am not alone on this list in saying that Python has changed 
my life, and mostly for the better :)

> After all that's eventually going to happen regardless -- there's still 
> that bus lurking around the corner, and I'm not getting younger... (I'll 
> spare you the list of medical issues.)
> I am not going to appoint a successor.
> So what are you all going to do? Create a democracy? Anarchy? A 
> dictatorship? A federation?
> I'm not worried about the day to day decisions in the issue tracker or 
> on GitHub. Very rarely I get asked for an opinion, and usually it's not 
> actually important. So this can just be dealt with as it has always been.
> The decisions that most matter are probably
> - How are PEPs decided
> - How are new core devs inducted
> We may be able to write up processes for these things as PEPs (maybe 
> those PEPs will form a kind of constitution). But here's the catch. I'm 
> going to try and let you all (the current committers) figure it out for 
> yourselves.
> Note that there's still the CoC -- if you don't like that document your 
> only option might be to leave this group voluntarily. Perhaps there are 
> issues to decide like when should someone be kicked out (this could be 
> banning people from python-dev or python-ideas too, since those are also 
> covered by the CoC).
> Finally. A reminder that the archives of this list are public 
> (https://mail.python.org/pipermail/python-committers/) although 
> membership is closed (limited to core devs).
> I'll still be here, but I'm trying to let you all figure something out 
> for yourselves. I'm tired, and need a very long break.

Enjoy your break. You deserve it.


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