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[Python-Dev] Interested in serving on Steering Council


Just to close (or continue) the loop on this thread, I just nominated
David for the steering council:
https://discuss.python.org/t/steering-council-nomination-david-mertz/647

Thanks for stepping forward with your interest and willingness to serve, David!

--Chris

On Fri, Jan 4, 2019 at 12:37 PM Antoine Pitrou <solipsis at pitrou.net> wrote:
>
>
> Hi David,
>
> On Fri, 4 Jan 2019 15:24:20 -0500
> David Mertz <mertz at gnosis.cx> wrote:
> >
> > I've been part of the Python community since 1998, but really active in it
> > since about 2001.  During the early 2000s, I wrote a large number of widely
> > read articles promoting Python, often delving into explaining semi-obscure
> > features and language design issues.  Most of these were with in my column
> > _Charming Python_.  I believe that several changes in Python itself?such as
> > making coroutines easier to use and the design of metaclasses and class
> > decorators?were significantly influenced by things I wrote on the topics.
> > [snip]
>
> Those are useful things to know, thank you.
>
> > If the core developers feel that the overwhelming qualification for the
> > Steering Committee is familiarity with the C code base of CPython, then
> > indeed I am not the best candidate for that.
>
> Obviously not the overwhelming qualification (though at least _some_ of
> the committee members would have to be familiar with the C code base, I
> think).
>
> > If language design issues are
> > more important?and especially if thinking about Python's place among users
> > and industry are important, then I think I'm a very good candidate for the
> > role.
>
> That, but I think also familiarity with the development and
> contribution process, will definitely play a role.  In other words, if
> some external candidate gets elected I would hope they take the time to
> become familiar with how things work in that regard, and try to
> contribute themselves (not necessarily to make important contributions
> to the codebase but to understand the daily routine).
>
> Regards
>
> Antoine.
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