[python-committers] An alternative governance model

Chris Jerdonek chris.jerdonek at gmail.com
Wed Jul 18 02:42:21 EDT 2018

I agree a name other than BDFL should be chosen, especially since (as
I understand it) Guido is still BDFL but just taking a permanent
vacation, and the name implies there should only be one.

Also, if we're considering particular people, I think Nick should also
be considered.

Should the position be decided before starting to decide who should
fill it, though, or should it be decided with a particular person in
mind? I feel like doing the former might be better, because that way
we can also come up with the process for choosing the person, which
we'll need at some point anyways.


On Tue, Jul 17, 2018 at 10:55 PM, Kushal Das <kushaldas at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 18, 2018 at 11:17 AM Tim Peters <tim.peters at gmail.com> wrote:
>> [Barry Warsaw]
>>> ...
>>> * We retain a singular BDFL to lead Python
>>> * A Council is selected to serve as advisors to the BDFL, a selection committee for succession, and a check against the BDFL.
> +1 to this idea including Brett as BDFL. Though I am wondering if
> anyone asked Brett about it?
>> You made a fine case for that a single dictator is the best possible approach, for much the same reasons Emacs is the best possible editor.  +1
>>> Brett Cannon
>> Not my first choice, but ... yup, I got the email back.  Kim Jong Un is too busy providing field guidance to potato farms and trolley manufacturers this year :-(
>> So that leaves Brett!  However, to secure my full enthusiastic support he'll first need to pledge to make porting Python to Red Star OS[1] his #1 BDFL priority.  Since a committee or a (ugh!) democracy would never do that, it would prove he has the pigheadedness required to be an effective dictator ;-)
> Red Star OS has Python in it iirc :) Means less work for Brett.
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