[stdlib-sig] standardizing the deprecation policy (and hownoisy they are)

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Tue Nov 10 01:01:43 CET 2009

On Mon, Nov 9, 2009 at 3:44 PM, geremy condra <debatem1 at gmail.com> wrote:
> the idea
> that we shouldn't put blinking lights and sirens on the crushomatic 9000
> because people might eventually ignore them doesn't strike me as being
> all that smart.

I'm sorry, but you're really not getting the point. The crushomatic
already *has* a blinking light and a siren and everyone is *already*
ignoring them, because they go off all the time, whenever a person
gets closer than 6 feet. So we have no way to warn them when there
*really* is a danger, like when a person is about to put their hand
into the blender.

The solution is to make the machine less dangerous (e.g. if you open
the lid the motor is cut off), not to argue that the siren is really

--Guido van Rossum (python.org/~guido)

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