Guido van Rossum resigns as Python leader

Nicholas Cole nicholas.cole at
Fri Jul 13 09:54:11 EDT 2018

On Fri, 13 Jul 2018 at 08:51, Steven D'Aprano <
steve+comp.lang.python at> wrote:

> On Fri, 13 Jul 2018 22:29:29 +1000, Chris Angelico wrote:
> > To be quite frank, the proposal would have quietly died on python-ideas
> > if it hadn't been for Guido's explicit support early on. (I know this
> > for sure because the same proposal HAS quietly died, more than once.)
> > The controversy came because the rest of the world disagreed with Guido,
> > not because of anything that I am capable of in myself.
> I think Guido's post makes it fairly clear that what pushed him over the
> edge was not the opposition to the PEP in the first place, but
> (extrapolating from his comments) the levels of abuse he (probably)
> received privately and on social media after his announcement was made.
> The downside of being the visible face of a popular language while having
> a publicly visible email address.
Oh people are awful.

I hope (though don’t expect) he will change his mind.

Is it irrational to wonder whether projects should be looking to migrate to
new languages? This kind of announcement makes me worry for the future.


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