[python-committers] Changing commiter status

M.-A. Lemburg mal at egenix.com
Mon Jun 18 15:41:49 EDT 2018

On 18.06.2018 21:07, Guido van Rossum wrote:
> Hm, unless I misunderstood, MAL's
>> Being a core developer of Python is a status
> suggests that core devs might want to keep this status since it confers
> "status" on their person (it looks good on a resume for sure). And I
> wouldn't want to make it any harder for a 3rd party to verify someone's
> claim to this status in their resume.
> Marc-Andre, is that what you meant?

I guess I wasn't clear, sorry.

Perhaps the better term is "title" rather than "status". My
understanding is that you become core developer and essentially
keep this title forever.

Whether you actually have your keys in the repo to push a PR
or not is a different story and not really related to the "title"
you earned.

Listing the core developers somewhere on an official page
would help with the verification you are referring to. At
the moment, we don't seem to have this. It does make a difference
on CVs and it's one of the few things we can give back to people
when contributing code and time to Python.

Hope that's a little clearer.

Marc-Andre Lemburg

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> On Mon, Jun 18, 2018 at 11:59 AM Brett Cannon <brett at python.org> wrote:
>> On Mon, 18 Jun 2018 at 06:43 Nick Coghlan <ncoghlan at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> On 18 June 2018 at 18:07, M.-A. Lemburg <mal at egenix.com> wrote:
>>>> Overall, I think that removing repo or bpo permissions should be
>>>> kept separate from the status itself. It would probably be wise
>>>> to send around reminders to all core devs who have access and
>>>> have not used their permissions every few year. The keys of those
>>>> who don't respond could then be disabled, without affecting
>>>> anything else; and, of course, easily be reenabled if needed,
>>>> without much process either.
>>> Aye, that's the key concept behind adding an explicit "Dormant" status
>>> for core developers - they're folks that are still trusted with core
>>> commit privileges if they choose to exercise them, but while they're
>>> not using their access, it's better to deactivate their credentials to
>>> reduce the potential for compromise.
>>> We'd add a note to the developer guide that gave instructions on how
>>> to request reactivation (likely just "Check the developer guide to
>>> ensure you're up to speed with any changes since you were last active,
>>> then past to python-committers requesting that your credentials be
>>> reactivated").
>> Right, no one's role of having been a core dev will be wiped from history,
>> they just won't have the core dev logo next to their bugs.python.org
>> username in the issue tracker (which if they are so dormant to have not
>> added their GitHub username then  they probably don't care about that
>> anyway ;) . And flipping everything back on is a radio button and a word in
>> bugs.python.org if their triage rights are removed and clicking on a
>> button on a web page on GitHub if we clean up for dev access on the
>> repository.
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