Disclaimer: I would like to apologize for the clickbait subject:) However, it’s something I’m afraid could happen. Please, presume that I have only good intentions in writing this. I’m just trying to raise an issue that really concerns me as a Python user, a Python contributor, and a community member.
I’d like to compare two facts.
- PSF has spent more than 75% of the money to PyCon in 2019 https://www.python.org/psf/annual-report/2019/.
- There are 1333 open PRs in CPython at the moment and they go back to Feb 16, 2017 https://github.com/python/cpython/pulls?q=is%3Apr+is%3Aopen+sort%3Acreated-asc.
So, there is a very important all-hands gathering of the developers and participants interested in the most popular programming language in the World. Looks logical.
On the other hand, the core of this programming language lacks community contributions management. PRs are being stuck for years. People making the first contribution get zero encouraging and support except “don’t bother” and “you’ve been asking too much” replies from Core Developers on Twitter.
Comparing these two facts I’m getting really concerned about the Python future as a Community. And I have no idea how to fix this apart from PSF should do something about it.