[Python-Dev] PEP 493: Redistributor guidance for Python 2.7 HTTPS

Antoine Pitrou solipsis at pitrou.net
Tue Jul 7 16:42:31 CEST 2015

On Wed, 8 Jul 2015 00:10:09 +1000
Nick Coghlan <ncoghlan at gmail.com> wrote:
> It's OK if folks aren't interested in participating in the noisy early
> stages of that process - that's why the activity was long since moved
> out to a dedicated list. It's not OK to make the jump from "I don't
> consider participating in that to be the best possible use of my own
> time" to "it isn't worth doing".

Ok. As Stefan points out, exageration is a common rhetoric device - for
the better or (mostly perhaps :-)) for the worse. Sorry if that
*actually* offended some people.

In this case, though, I was a bit miffed since I didn't notice that
PEP appearing on python-ideas (or perhaps I already forget discussing
it?), which made me frustrated that *perhaps* with less pointless
drifting I would have seen it. Being one of the principal maintainers
of the ssl module I was definitely interested on giving my opinion.

Whether the time required to properly follow python-ideas is a
productive involvement for the average core dev is another question.
The problem I see with python-ideas is that it may select on free time
more than on actual, concrete contribution...

(note that python-list has a similar problem with some of its old-timers
and regular ranters; the difference is that python-list has a ready
alternative in StackOverflow, with perhaps higher-quality answers...
it's less and less relevant in the grand scheme of things)



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