[Python-Dev] Misc/maintainers.rst

Jesse Noller jnoller at gmail.com
Thu Sep 17 21:40:23 CEST 2009

On Thu, Sep 17, 2009 at 1:38 PM, Georg Brandl <g.brandl at gmx.net> wrote:
> R. David Murray schrieb:
>> I floated a proposal on stdlib-sig to create a file named
>> Misc/maintainers.rst.  The purpose of this file is to collect knowledge
>> about who knows which modules well enough to make decision about issues
>> in the tracker when the participants in the issue aren't sure, and to
>> write down the community knowledge about who has special interest and
>> expertise in specific topic areas.
>> This proposal was met with approval and, after a couple of small
>> modifications of the proposal, no dissent; so I've created the skeleton
>> of the file.  I've filled in some of the blanks where I had personal
>> knowledge, was told info on IRC, from the two referenced PEPs, and
>> from PEP 11.
>> Feel free to respond with comments about the header text, but more
>> importantly let me know what you know about who (especially if it is you)
>> should be listed for each module, platform, and topic, and feel free to
>> suggest additional topics.  My goal is to record the community knowledge.
> One thing I'd like to see in the list are real names of committers,
> not tracker names.  Of course, people looking for people to assign a bug
> to should not have to search for the tracker name, so I'd like to make
> another request (that Brett already made when we switched trackers):
>  Could we *please* have tracker names that match the committer names?
> (This doesn't even need to be done by the individual users, I would
> volunteer to rename all committer accounts and notify them by email that
> their name changed.  This will also be coordinated with the new names
> used for Mercurial commits, if a change will be made.)
>> Another topic of discussion that is orthogonal to filling in the table is
>> whether or not to publish it outside the repository.  Jesse would like to
>> see it included in the Python Documentation, and Georg has suggested the
>> possibility of creating a separate, sphinx-based, automatically-uploaded
>> document collection in the repository to contain this and related
>> information (Misc/devdocs?).
> For those who aren't on stdlib-sig, I'd like to elaborate a bit on that:
> There are quite a few resources for and about Python core development,
> but they aren't very accessible.  For example, there's Misc/developers.txt
> and the upcoming maintainers.txt.  Then there's the dev FAQ, but it's not
> maintained where developers usually look, but on the website.  Etc.
> So the plan would be to consolidate these into another set of rst docs,
> having them in the repo, editable by every committer, as well as published
> somewhere on python.org (devdocs.python.org or somesuch).
> cheers,
> Georg

+1 to getting them in The One True Format (ReST) and up and online,
and then porting all the dev docs into The One True Format.

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