[Python-Dev] Encouraging developers

Phil Thompson phil at riverbankcomputing.co.uk
Tue Mar 6 09:34:06 CET 2007

On Tuesday 06 March 2007 5:49 am, Martin v. Löwis wrote:
> Phil Thompson schrieb:
> > I'm not sure what your point is. My point is that, if you want to
> > encourage people to become core developers, they have to have a method of
> > graduating through the ranks - learning (and being taught) as they go. To
> > place a very high obstacle in their way right at the start is completely
> > counter-productive.
> And please be assured that no such obstacle is in the submitters way.
> Most patches are accepted without the submitter actually reviewing any
> other patches.

I'm glad to hear it - but I'm talking about the perception, not the fact. When 
occasionally submitters ask if their patch is going to be included, they will 
usually get a response suggesting they review other patches. That will only 
strengthen the perception.

This discussion started because the feeling was expressed that it was 
difficult to get patches accepted and that new core developers were not being 
found. I would love to contribute more to the development of Python - I owe 
it a lot - but from where I stand (which is most definitely not where you 
stand) I can't see how to do that in a productive and rewarding way.


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