[Numpy-discussion] Removing masked arrays for 1.7? (Was 1.7 blockers)

Matthew Brett matthew.brett@gmail....
Tue Apr 17 13:40:40 CDT 2012


Hi,

On Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 7:24 AM, Nathaniel Smith <njs@pobox.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 5:59 AM, Matthew Brett <matthew.brett@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi,
>>
>> On Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 8:40 PM, Travis Oliphant <travis@continuum.io> wrote:
>>> Mark and I will have conversations about NumPy while he is in Austin.   There are many other active stake-holders whose opinions and views are essential for major changes.    Mark and I are working on other things besides just NumPy and all NumPy changes will be discussed on list and require consensus or super-majority for NumPy itself to change.     I'm not sure if that helps.   Is there more we can do?
>>
>> As you might have heard me say before, my concern is that it has not
>> been easy to have good discussions on this list.   I think the problem
>> has been that is has not been clear what the culture was, and how
>> decisions got made, and that had led to some uncomfortable and
>> unhelpful discussions.  My plea would be for you as BDF$N to strongly
>> encourage on-list discussions and discourage off-list discussions as
>> far as possible, and to help us make the difficult public effort to
>> bash out the arguments to clarity and consensus.  I know that's a big
>> ask.
>
> Hi Matthew,
>
> As you know, I agree with everything you just said :-). So in interest
> of transparency, I should add: I have been in touch with Travis some
> off-list, and the main topic has been how to proceed in a way that
> let's us achieve public consensus.

I'm glad to hear that discussion is happening, but please do have it
on list.   If it's off list it easy for people to feel they are being
bypassed, and that the public discussion is not important.  So, yes,
you might get a better outcome for this specific case, but a worse
outcome in the long term, because the list will start to feel that
it's for signing off or voting rather than discussion, and that - I
feel sure - would lead to worse decisions.

The other issue is that there's a reason you are having the discussion
off-list - which is that it was getting difficult on-list.  But -
again - a personal view - that really has to be addressed directly by
setting out the rules of engagement and modeling the kind of
discussion we want to have.

Cheers,

Matthew


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