PEP 308: Alternative conditional operator forms

Erik Max Francis max at
Tue Feb 11 09:57:01 CET 2003

Laura Creighton wrote:

> If the vote is 50/50 then we have done our poll wrong.  The people
> who don't care should get to vote that.

I have no problem with that provided everybody agrees on how it plays
into the voting process.

The problem I see with it is that people who don't care simply won't
bother voting (except to demonstrate proudly that they don't care), so
including it and trying to use that figure for something meaningful will
be misleading.

I think when it was suggested people vote on the question, "Do you want
a short-circuiting conditional operator to be added to Python, yes or
no?" explicitly is directed at the people who _do_ care one way or

You'll never know how many don't care but didn't vote, so I'm not sure
if trying to include that as an option in the vote is really going to
get you a figure that reflects reality.

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