Alternative decorator syntax decision

Peter Hansen peter at engcorp.com
Fri Aug 20 21:36:22 CEST 2004


Bernhard Herzog wrote:

> Steven Bethard <steven.bethard at gmail.com> writes:
>>I would advise against this.  GvR has said from the beginning that he
>>doesn't want to see a vote
> 
> Er, you're already having a vote :-)

Er, but Guido doesn't have to see it.  :-)

>>-- he wants to see convincing proposals and a more or less 
>>unified community support. 
> 
> Yes.  But what if the majority of the community favors pies of J2?

Then it's a certainty that we'll hear at high volume from
that community when the time comes.  Now is not their time.
(Or, to put it another way, they are quite capable of holding
their own vote... this is c.l.p, home of the daily syntax
vote!)

There is a subset of the community which disfavours @pie
(many intensely).  Let them hold their vote to figure out
which, if any, alternative they can widely support.  If
there is wide support for an alternative, it will be a
very simple matter at that point, *if* a vote is required,
to decide which of the two (@pie or the dark horse candidate)
is preferred.

I really hope that at that point, however, instead of us having
a vote, Guido steps in and says either of these, and then
the majority will shut up:

  1. "Okay, the community against @pie has spoken, and their
     choice is X, but for these reasons I reject it and @pie
     will stay..."

or

  2. "Okay, the community against @pie has spoken, and
     their choice is X, and after careful consideration I
     find this choice has great merit and will reject @pie
     in favour of it."

-Peter



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