[python-committers] Can we choose between mailing list and discuss.python.org?

Terry Reedy tjreedy at udel.edu
Mon Feb 11 14:54:34 EST 2019

On 2/11/2019 12:48 PM, Victor Stinner wrote:
> Hi,
> tl; dr How can we decide if we should stop using mailing list or if we
> should stop using discuss.python.org?

If 'mailing list' == 'all lists', neither.  It should be a list-by-list 

If 'mailing list == 'python-committers', neither, at least at present. 
I think discussing and voting on a proposed committer works better on 
discuss -- note least because you could edit.  But because you *pushed* 
a notice of the discuss committer vote topic on this list, there have 
been 15 votes in 5 hours, which I think is good.  Otherwise, we would 
depend on people happening to drop by and notice the vote.

If 'mailing list' == 'idle-dev', neither for a different reason, unless 
discuss has changed.  When I asked, 3-4 months ago, whether I could be 
an admin for an 'IDLE' category, the answer was no.  'There can only be 
overall admins and a very limited number of those.'

> Problem: Nobody decided if a topic should always be started on
> discuss.python.org or the "related" mailing list. I just started "Vote
> to promote Cheryl Sabella as a core developer" thread on the
> Committers category of discuss.python.org. I'm not sure that everybody
> "migrated" to discuss.python.org, so sometimes I like to send an email
> "hey, by the way, have a look at this thread on discuss.python.org:
> (...)" to ensure that everybody will see my message. For a vote to
> promote a contributor it's important that everybody is aware that a
> vote is open (but everyone is free to decide to vote or to abstain).

Right, and it worked.

> There is also a high risk of having a topic discussed twice on mailing
> list and discuss.python.org. I will happen on controversal changes
> (PEPs), trust me :-)

I am not convinced.  The steering council discussion pretty much stayed 
on discuss.  And I like the fact that when I was ready to vote, I could 
read 100-200 posts on 20+ topics in 2 different categores, without 
having to clutter my inbox with 100-200 unsorted emails or having to 
manually create multiple temporary boxes to sort them into.

So far, all replies to 'Vote to promote ...' were made on discuss, not 
here, by clicking the link you gave.

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