[Python-ideas] The point of this list

Brett Cannon brett at python.org
Wed Dec 20 23:06:46 CET 2006

I have gotten some emails from people saying how they expect this list to be
the Wild West of Python propoals.  I personally don't think it will be nor
do I want it to be.

I view this list as a stop-gap between python-dev/python-3000 and
comp.lang.python.  Totally wild ideas that have no hope of being accepted in
the language (e.g., add curly braces) should not be brought up here.
c.l.pyis a more proper place to start flame wars.  Plus
c.l.py is usually a good place to vent initial ideas anyway.

I view this list as a staging area for ideas that actually have some form of
a chance to either be turned into a solid proposal to take to the Python
committers or to reject them and have the archives act as a place to point
people to why.  Basically I expect people to get redirected here from
python-dev and python-3000 to gestate an idea before going to those lists to
get approval to add it to the language.

In other words, I have no problem telling people their idea is ridiculous
and to stop talking about it.  I am hoping we don't have to go that far and
we can give people a fair chance to bring up ideas that they come up with.
But if this list gets too ridiculous I have no problem policing it or even
shutting the list down.

I doubt it will come to that, though.  =)

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