The new rule for DIPs by language maintainers was a mistake

Paul Backus snarwin at
Tue Oct 19 12:29:18 UTC 2021

On Tuesday, 19 October 2021 at 08:47:03 UTC, Jordan Wilson wrote:
> I would have thought that the idea of a champion would be quite 
> attractive to a langue-maintainer; a person to battle for you 
> in the forums, so to speak. You are not wrong in that the 
> involvement of an additional person in the DIP does come with a 
> cost, but how that cost effects the DIP process, I'm not 
> entirely sure.

In practice, finding a champion has turned out to be extremely 
difficult, and several language-maintainer DIPs have been unable 
to progress beyond Draft status due to lack of one.

In retrospect, this is not terribly surprising. It takes a lot of 
effort to write a DIP and shepherd it through the DIP process. 
Few people are motivated enough to put forth that effort even for 
their own proposals; fewer still are willing to do so on someone 
else's behalf.

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