[Python-Dev] Finding Guido's replacement

Chris Angelico rosuav at gmail.com
Fri Aug 3 17:15:58 EDT 2018

On Mon, Jul 23, 2018 at 6:12 AM, Chris Angelico <rosuav at gmail.com> wrote:
> Guido's term as Benevolent Dictator For Life has been a long one, but
> in the wake of his resignation, we have an opportunity to correct some
> fundamental flaws in the system. Among them:
> * Guido lacks patience, as evidenced by the brevity of his acceptance
> posts. See https://mail.python.org/pipermail/python-dev/2017-December/151038.html
> and https://mail.python.org/pipermail/python-dev/2011-November/114545.html
> and particularly
> https://mail.python.org/pipermail/python-dev/2016-May/144646.html
> where Guido specifically cites his own lack of patience.
> * Lately, all Guido's actions have been to benefit his employer, not
> the Common Pythonista. We have proof of this from reliable reporting
> sources such as Twitter and social media.
> * Finally, "For Life" is far too long. We need to change our rulers
> periodically.
> I propose a new way to appoint a project head. All candidates shall be
> flown to an island owned by the Python Secret Underground (which
> emphatically does NOT exist, but an island that would be owned by it
> if it did), whereupon they parachute down, search for guns, and
> proceed to fight each other until only one is left alive. The survivor
> shall be treated to a chicken dinner and proclaimed Patient,
> Understanding, Benevolent Governor, a title which shall be retained
> for one fortnight, after which we repeat the exercise.
> If this plan meets with broad approval, I shall write up PEP 3401, in
> honour of the prior art in PEP 401.

For those who didn't pick up on ANY of the hints: THE ABOVE WAS A
JOKE. Please do not take it seriously. I apologize for assuming that
people would think this funny, which was an error of judgement on my
part. Finding Guido's replacement is being handled seriously
elsewhere, not here, and would not be done in any manner akin to the


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