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brian d foy
July 23, 2000 10:30
Perl version of Python Enhancement Proposals [PEP]
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we've talked about RFCs for Perl 6 features and so on.  Perhaps we should
come up with a something similar to PEP:

notice the following features of a PEP:

	* there is a human who "owns" the proposal.  that is, someone
	has taken responsibilty for it

	* they are very well written, mostly, with good descriptions
	of the problem

	* they have a status

	* there is a PEP editor who coordinates it all for a librarian
	perspective, not a technical merit perspective

i see several positive (social) points about such a system:

	* apart from the black hole of a mailing list, a proposal,
	no matter its merit or status, can easily be accessed without
	wading through the drudge of irrelevant material.  this should
	make such ideas more accessible to the community that p5p
	may have shut out.

	* proposals have a contact address where the author can
	receive feedback, and, as a result of that, update the
	proposal.  this reinforces the mentoring goal of the
	new development process.

	* proposals can be assigned to working groups once they
	have an identity.

if this sort of thing seems like a good idea to the community, and i'm not
stepping into someone else's area of responsibility, i would volunteer to
develop a system for use by Perl 6.  my only requirement is that the
appropriate person (Nat?) bless this way of doing things.

when that happens, i can have something out for the community very
quickly, in some form, so that the community can start participating as
well.  again - implementation issues aside, should i go ahead with this?

(we can always make changes to the process later, but the longer we wait,
the more we potentially lose in participation) 

brian d foy                              <>
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