[Numpy-discussion] Numpy governance update

Charles R Harris charlesr.harris@gmail....
Thu Feb 16 14:36:19 CST 2012


On Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 1:13 PM, Nathaniel Smith <njs@pobox.com> wrote:

> 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 ;-)
>
>
What, you are invoking Fred Brooks for a team of, maybe, four? Numpy ain't
OS/360.

Chuck
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