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Joseph Brenner
February 1, 2022 18:07
Re: RFC process
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This is, of course, looking really good, but what I'm looking for is
some mechanism for preserving institutional memory-- e.g. if a
proposal is rejected, is there a way to look up the reasons why?  Even
a list of links into a p5p email archive would be helpful.

Myself, I've always been reluctance to ask questions on p5p because I
don't want to bug people to go over what I'm sure seems like old
ground to them.

On 2/1/22, Neil Bowers <> wrote:
> The RFC process is documented[1] in the RFCs repo[2], but it has evolved a
> bit as we've been running it, so we discussed a summary of it in the last
> meeting, and agreed that this is how we think things are/should-be running
> now.
> • If you want to propose a change to the language, send an elevator pitch to
> p5p (see below)
> • The proposal is discussed on p5p. The PSC keeps track of proposals, by
> looking for "Pre-RFC" threads.
> • If the discussion doesn't kill it, and the PSC doesn't veto it, the PSC
> will ask you to submit a PR on the RFCs repo. They'll give you a number for
> the RFC.
> • Submit a PR, based on the RFC template[3]
> • Discussion will continue on the PR, if there are any major issues /
> disagreements.
> • The PSC will either merge or reject the PR. If merged, the Status: field
> will then track progress.
> • Provisional: the what has been agreed, implementation details not nailed
> down
> • Accepted: what and how agreed, awaiting implementation
> • Implemented: is in blead
> • Shipped/Experimental: has gone out in a stable release, with experimental
> cover
> • Shipped/Stable: in stable release without experimental cover
> Elevator Pitch
> Email sent to p5p with the subject line "Pre-RFC: [one-line summary]".
> This should not be based on the RFC template, but should be 4 paragraphs:
> 1. problem statement
> 2. proposed change
> 3. benefits
> 4. potential problems
> We’re expecting some discussion on this; when there's convergence, we'll
> update the RFCs repo.
> Neil
> [1]
> [2]
> [3]
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