[Numpy-discussion] Numpy governance update

Nathaniel Smith njs@pobox....
Thu Feb 16 14:13:36 CST 2012


On Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 5:17 PM, Travis Vaught <travis@vaught.net> wrote:
> On Feb 16, 2012, at 10:56 AM, Nathaniel Smith wrote:
>
>> Travis's proposal is that we go from a large number of self-selecting
>> people putting in little bits of time to a small number of designated
>> people putting in lots of time.
>
>
> That's not what Travis, or anyone else, proposed.

Maybe I was unclear -- all I mean here is that if we suddenly have a
few people working full-time on numpy (as Travis proposed), then that
will cause two things:
  -- a massive increase in the total number of person-hours going into numpy
  -- a smaller group of people will be responsible for a much larger
proportion of those person-hours
(and this is leaving aside the other ways that it can be difficult for
full-time developers and volunteers to interact -- the volunteers
aren't in the office, the full-timers may not have the patience to
wait for a long email-paced conversation before making a decision,
etc.)

I think Travis' proposal is potentially a great thing, but it's not as
simple as just saying "hey we hired some people now our software will
be better". Ask Fred Brooks ;-)

-- Nathaniel


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