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

geremy condra debatem1 at gmail.com
Tue Nov 10 02:03:33 CET 2009

On Mon, Nov 9, 2009 at 7:01 PM, Guido van Rossum <guido at python.org> wrote:
> 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
> important.

Rereading my post I don't see any place where I seem to have
argued that deprecation warnings were "really important", but
in case that's how it sounded, let me clarify: I don't think this
argument is anything other than lots and lots of bikeshedding,
since these warnings can already be explicitly silenced by the
very people this is designed to protect.

Having said that, if you think that deprecation warnings are
mostly noise, why not ask the pylint and pychecker devs to
handle that and drop the warnings altogether?

Geremy Condra

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