[Python-Dev] How do we tell if we're helping or hindering the core development process?

Paul Moore p.f.moore at gmail.com
Tue Jul 28 10:04:09 CEST 2015

On 28 July 2015 at 05:18, Ben Finney <ben+python at benfinney.id.au> wrote:
> Indeed, these non-rational ways of reaching a decision are essential to
> allow us to act with any kind of speed. Non-rational decision making is
> much faster, and necessarily will form the great majority of our
> decision making. Good!
> What I'm making explicit is: those can't serve as *justification* for
> introducing a change. When a change is challenged (by someone to whom we
> are answerable), claiming that it just “felt right” is not enough.

But isn't the whole *point* of a non-rational decision (as you
describe it) that you *can't* articulate your reasons for making that

You can't have your cake and eat it - are core devs allowed to make
"non-rational" judgements or not? (In your view - in mine, they
clearly are, and being required to justify those decisions after the
fact is *not* acceptable).


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