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July 24, 2000 04:10
Re: Perl version of Python Enhancement Proposals [PEP]
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Russ Allbery (lists.bootstrap):
> Unified development lists
>are wonderful for this; from years of reading p5p, I now understand Perl
>in a way that I never would have if I had to sort through tons of separate
>lists, only subscribe to half or less of them, and never have a unified
>understanding of what's going on.

Yuh. I think we're *again* in grave danger of throwing the baby out with
the bathwater. There's nothing wrong with the single-list model; look at
Linux, or the GIMP (or the other GNOME projects), or practically every
other large Open Source project out there. Apart from Python,
interestingly, which seems to be taking the Special Interest Group path
we're suggesting. I wonder if that's significant.

Single-list models work, but p5p didn't work. What didn't work about it,
and how can we fix it?

I appreciate fully that when you've got a bunch of people together
excited and enthusiastic about change, you want to change everything.
You want to change the world! But maybe it's better to sit back and
calmly and slowly work out how to fix things, rather than trying to
change the entire world with 40 people in three excited hours.

Premature optimization is the root of all evil.
		-- D.E. Knuth

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