[python-committers] Missing In Action

Victor Stinner vstinner at redhat.com
Fri Jun 15 21:14:29 EDT 2018

This idea also comes from Brett Cannon who proposed something similar:


2018-06-16 1:59 GMT+02:00 Victor Stinner <vstinner at redhat.com>:
> Hi,
> Last months, we debated about the number of *active* core developers.
> The problem is that there are 3 lists and each has different numbers
> of core developers: 90 according to GitHub, 170 according to
> bugs.python.org.
> * https://github.com/orgs/python/teams/python-core/members
> * https://bugs.python.org/user?iscommitter=1&@action=search&@sort=username&@pagesize=300
> * https://devguide.python.org/developers/
> I propose to move inactive core developers to a new list (ex:
> "Inactive Core Developers") and remove their permission for security
> reasons. If the core developer shows up, they will just have to ask a
> GitHub administrator (like Brett Cannon) to be added again.
> My intent is to enhance security and better track of the current
> number of active core developers.
> In practice, it should only mean removing these inactive developers
> from the list of core developers on bugs.python.org. To make sure that
> a developer can become again a core developer, we should track that we
> dropped their priviledge. We can add new section in the devguide,
> near:
> https://devguide.python.org/developers/#permissions-dropped-on-request
> There are already two lists of inactive core developers in the
> devguide: "Permissions Dropped on Request" and "Permissions Dropped
> after Loss of Contact".
> I propose to start by removing all core developers who didn't migrate
> to GitHub yet, since it's a simple way to check if they are active
> since February 2017.
> I can work on a concrete list of developers, but it seems like it will
> take me some time. Some developers are cores according to
> bugs.python.org but I cannot find them in the devguide list. Some
> developers are no longer core devs according to devguide, but still
> core in bugs.python.org. There are some inconsistencies.
> Victor

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