[Python-Dev] SIG: python-lang

Gordon McMillan gmcm@hypernet.com
Wed, 31 May 2000 17:58:04 -0400

Paul Prescod  wrote:

> Greg Stein wrote:
> > Admirable, but I think it would be ineffectual. People would be
> > confused about where to post. Too many forums, with
> > arbitrary/unclear lines about which to use.
> To me, they are clear:

Of course they are ;-). While something doesn't seem right 
about the current set up, and c.l.py is still remarkably 
civilized, the fact is that the hotheads who say "I'll never use 
Python again if you do something as brain-dead as [ case-
insensitivity | require (host, addr) tuples | ''.join(list) | ... ]" will 
post their sentiments to every available outlet.
I agree the shift of some of these syntax issues from python-
dev to c.l.py was ugly, but the truth is that:
 - no new arguments came from c.l.py
 - the c.l.py discussion was much more emotional
 - you can't keep out the riff-raff without inviting reasonable 
accusations of elitistism
 - the vast majority of, erm, "grass-roots" syntax proposals are 
absolutely horrid.

(As you surely know, Paul, from your types-SIG tenure; 
proposing syntax changes without the slightest intention of 
putting any effort into them is a favorite activity of posters.)

- Gordon