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Nicholas Chammas nicholas.chammas at gmail.com
Tue Apr 12 10:39:28 EDT 2016

On Mon, Apr 11, 2016 at 10:58 PM Nick Coghlan <ncoghlan at gmail.com> wrote:

> However, whether or not anyone chooses to do any of those things is a
> decision that takes place in the context of that "health,
> relationships, paid work, volunteer work" priority order I mentioned
> earlier. Not everyone is going to want to turn a volunteer activity
> into a paid one, and not everyone is going to want to prioritise
> CPython core development over their other activities. Telling people
> "your priorities should be different because I say they should be
> different" is an approach that has never worked in volunteer
> management, and never *will* work in volunteer management, as
> overcoming those differences in intrinsic motivation is the key
> rationale for paid employment.

I think this gets to the core of how work gets done in a volunteer
organization, and addresses a common misunderstanding people have.

Does anyone know of a blog post that expands on this point? I think it
would be a good resource to point people to in situations like this.

It's easy to think that Python is somehow developed by an organization that
decides top-down what's going to get done and who's going to do what,
allocating resources as needed. After all, that's how a typical company

In the Python community (and perhaps in most open-source communities not
dominated by a backing company) I gather the rules are very different.

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