Is this pylint error message valid or silly?

Terry Reedy tjreedy at
Fri Jun 19 11:58:15 EDT 2009

Matthew Wilson wrote:

> Thanks for the feedback.  I think I should have used a more obvious
> string in my original example and a more descriptive parameter name.
> So, pretend that instead of 
>     c="today"
> I wrote 
>     record_date="defaults to today's date".   
> I know my way is unorthodox,

Which is fine. Just do not by surprised when a fake default fakes out 
pylint, which by its nature, must embody the orthodoxy of its author ;-)
To win general acceptance, that in turn must match the orthodoxy of the 
general audience.

  but I think it is a little bit more obvious
> to the reader than
>     record_date=None
> The None is a signal to use a default value, but that is only apparent
> after reading the code.
> Thanks again for the comments.
> Matt

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