[Python-Dev] Yes and no (was Re: PEP 285: Adding a bool type)

Aahz aahz@pythoncraft.com
Wed, 3 Apr 2002 17:31:43 -0500 (EST)

In article <3CAA5777.66E7C2D5@python.org>,
Guido van Rossum  <guido@python.org> wrote:
>I'm reading (at least skimming) everything, but the more I read the
>reactions, the more I believe that this is just the response I have to
>expect for *every* change to the language I propose, and the more I'm
>tempted to follow my gut instincts.  Long ago (right after lambda :-)
>I learned to say "no" to proposals that didn't feel right to me, even
>if I couldn't express very clearly why.  I think it's time I learn to
>say "yes" even if the community doesn't see the light yet.

I note that you've certainly done that in the past.  ;-)  One critical
difference between "yes" and "no" in this context is that a "no" can be
retracted, but "yes" rarely can.  So I think that a bias toward "no" is
overall good.

But yes, we have to trust your instincts in the end; that's why we're
all using Python in the first place.
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