[Numpy-discussion] NA masks in the next numpy release?

Eric Firing efiring@hawaii....
Sun Oct 23 16:29:29 CDT 2011


On 10/23/2011 10:49 AM, Nathaniel Smith wrote:
> But I (and presumably others) were unaware of the pull request,
> because it turns out that actually Mark did*not*  point to the pull
> request, at least in email to either me or numpy-discussion. As far as
> I can tell, the first time that pull request has ever been mentioned
> on the list is in Pauli's email today. (I did worry I might have
> missed it, so I just double-checked the archives for August 18-August
> 27, which is the time period the pull request was open, and couldn't
> find anything there.)

Ideally, Mark's message announcing that his branch was ready for testing 
(a message that started a thread of constructive comment) would have 
mentioned the pull request:

http://www.mail-archive.com/numpy-discussion@scipy.org/msg33151.html

Ultimately, though, the numpy core developers must decide what goes in 
and what does not.  Consensus is desirable but may not always be 
possible or optimal, especially if "consensus" is interpreted as 
"unanimity".  There is a risk in deciding to accept a major change, but 
it is mitigated by the ability to make future changes, and it is a risk 
that must be taken if progress is to be made.  As a numpy user, I was 
pleased to see Travis make the decision that Mark should get on with the 
coding, and I was pleased to see Charles make the decision to merge the 
pull request.

Eric


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