Unfortunate exception on dict item assignment (and why aren't slices hashable?)

Francois Pinard pinard at iro.umontreal.ca
Thu Jul 31 19:23:08 CEST 2003

[Fredrik Lundh]

> Aahz wrote:
> > (Despite my regular comments on python-dev, I don't contribute
> > code because SF refuses to make changes to allow Lynx to work
> > correctly.)

> maybe someone with an SF account could help you out?

Let me say (and probably repeat) that imposing Web browsers to users,
or bug trackers with sorrow editing interfaces, and asking users to get
acquainted with the classification system and various work idiosyncrasies
of each and every maintainer, package by package, is insane.

The result is that users have either to choose on which few packages they
will specialise on, or else, to merely stop contributing.  In the former
case, a maintainer is building his own specialised crowd, which may be
admittedly good for his project alone.  In the latter case, a maintainer
is pushing users away.  But in all cases, this is an overall social lost.

I miss the times when it was a simple matter to offer contributions,
maybe humble and small, yet possibly numerous, to any package in sight.
Maintainers praising want-to-be-sophisticated machinery should use it all
their soul if they feel like it, but without forcing users into their bag.

François Pinard   http://www.iro.umontreal.ca/~pinard

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