[Python-Dev] Devguide - Add Communications Quick Start Section

Brett Cannon brett at python.org
Tue Jul 21 20:08:20 CEST 2015

On Tue, Jul 21, 2015 at 11:05 AM Carol Willing <
willingc at willingconsulting.com> wrote:

> I would like to add a "Communications Quick Start" section to the
> beginning of the Python Developer's Guide.
> Productive communication between each other will always be critical to
> future development of CPython and maintaining releases, infrastructure,
> documentation, and more.
> Unproductive communication saps energy of contributors, reduces
> engagement in the project, and limits creativity and fulfillment in
> contributing. As a contributor who finds great value in the power and
> zen of Python, I want to foster more effective and productive
> communication. I've been thinking about ways to do this since the PyCon
> sprints. New developers would benefit from understanding how to interact
> with the community and its norms. Existing contributors would hopefully
> benefit from less time reexplaining community communication norms.
> The Communications Quick Start section would be brief and practical much
> like the Quick Start section for downloading and testing the source
> code. Placing the Communications Quick Start section before the existing
> Quick Start section would emphasize the importance that productive
> communications has on CPython development.

Sounds great to me! Social norms are just as important to get to speed on
as technical requirements when contributing to an open source community, so
this seems like a worthy project.

> Thanks,
> Carol
> P.S. Thank you to all that devote time and energy to the development of
> CPython. I have posted this to the python-dev mailing list for feedback
> due to the recent discussions. Nick and Brett, please feel free to move
> this to python-ideas if you feel that would be a better place to discuss
> this addition to the devguide.

Nope, here is fine. This isn't a new idea and it affects people on this
list more directly than the python-ideas folks.
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