[Python-Dev] Re: PEP Politics (was Re: Re: Stability and change)

Aahz aahz@pythoncraft.com
Mon, 8 Apr 2002 18:43:59 -0400

On Mon, Apr 08, 2002, Guido van Rossum wrote:
>> From what I've seen, much of the controversy revolves around what
>> might be described as infelicitous phrasing.  Discussion on
>> python-dev tends to focus on the actual issues, but that changes
>> once a PEP goes "into the wild".  Perhaps right before you wish to
>> release a PEP to c.l.py, you should ask for an editing run
>> specifically to focus on the political side.
>> This will not avoid the mud from certain quarters, of course, but
>> they probably should be ignored.
> I very much doubt it.  If the language is too slick, we'll get
> complaints about a "marketing PEP" (see PEP 287's fate).

You may be right, but you misunderstood what I was suggesting: I'm
simply talking about looking at the PEP from the perspective of Joe
Stupid Pythonista, figuring out where the screams are likely to come
from, and clarify the language or write pre-emptive rebuttals.
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