[Python-ideas] An etherpad for every idea

Jim Jewett jimjjewett at gmail.com
Wed Jan 11 18:21:05 CET 2012

Quick Summary:  There used to be python-dev summaries.  They were
great, but too much work.

>> >> On Tue, 10 Jan 2012 16:16:09 +0300
>> >> anatoly techtonik <techtonik at gmail.com> wrote:

>> >>> So I propose to have a summary for each thread in Etherpad -
>> >>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etherpad - that will provide current
>> >>> current summary of email thread, describing original problem,
>> >>> its evolution, arguments and counter-arguments.

>> > On Tue, Jan 10, 2012 at 4:31 PM, Antoine Pitrou <solipsis at pitrou.net>
>> > wrote:

>> >> Are you willing to maintain it? Feel free to create and update
>> >> etherpad summaries for a few of our current discussion threads,
>> >> so that we see if that's useful.

On Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 11:30 AM, anatoly techtonik <techtonik at gmail.com> wrote:

> I only proposed the idea. If you think this tool won't be valuable then
> I am open to discuss why.

(1)  Going to a separate website -- let alone one not at python.org --
is a pain.
(2)  Creating and maintaining the summaries is a pain.

For individual discussions, someone will occasionally post a summary,
or even write up a PEP.  For the discussions where that doesn't
happen, perhaps no one is both sufficiently overwhelmed to need a
summary and sufficiently motivated to provide one.

Python-ideas was spun off from python-dev.  For the python-dev mailing
list as a whole, various people have provided biweekly summaries in
the past.  The summaries were quite helpful.  Alas, they were almost
never complete, and they all soon slipped into "late" and then got
discontinued, because they were too much work to create.

Why won't the same thing happen again?  Is there something about the
Etherpad platform that makes the job much easier?


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