[Python-Dev] Proposal to revert r54204 (splitext change)
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Thu Mar 15 22:54:28 CET 2007
On 09:17 pm, brett at python.org wrote:
>But the key point I want to get across is people should not being
>getting mad at Martin. The people who are getting all bent out of
>shape over this should be upset at python-dev as a whole for not
>having a clear policy on this sort of thing. Martin just happened to
>be the guy who made a change that sparked this and he is explaining
>his thinking behind it (which also happens to mirror my thinking on
>this whole situation). It could have easily been someone else.
On part of this point, I have to agree. Nullum crimen, nulla poena sine
praevia lege poenali.
However, the decision was a bad one regardless of the existing policy,
and sets a bad precedent while we are discussing this policy. I could
be wrong, but I think it would be reasonable to assume that if Martin
strongly supports such a change, Martin would oppose a policy which
would strictly forbid such changes, and it is just such a policy that
>Bottom line, let's work together as a group to come up with a policy
>in a civil, positive manner (in a new thread!) and let the result of
>that decision guide what is done with this fix. Yelling at poor
>Martin about one patch when we could be spending this effort on trying
>to discuss what kind of policy we want is not getting us anywhere.
I *am* working on that on the side and I hope to have something coherent
and whole to present here, in that different thread, very soon. The
point, for me, of participating in *this* thread is (A) to continue to
keep the issue high-visibility, because in my opinion, compatibility
policy is _THE_ issue that python-dev needs to deal with now, (B) to
deal with the aforementioned strongly implied opposition to such a
policy, and (C) last but not least, to actually get the patch reverted,
since, while it is not the larger problem, it is, itself, a problem that
needs to be fixed.
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