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Last year, the steering council model was elected for Python governance. Now the results for the steering council election, January 2019 are out in PEP 8100.

First some background about the steering council model:

“Authored by Nathaniel J. Smith, and Donald Stufft, this proposal involves a model for Python governance based on a steering council. The council has vast authority, which they intend to use as rarely as possible, instead, they plan to use this power to establish standard processes. The steering council committee consists of five people.

A general philosophy is followed—it’s better to split up large changes into a series of small changes to be reviewed independently. As opposed to trying to do everything in one PEP, the focus is on providing a minimal and solid foundation for future governance decisions. This PEP was accepted on December 17, 2018.”

The goals of the model are to be:

  • Boring, stick to the basics and not experiment
  • Simplistic enough for a minimum viable product
  • Comprehensive to avoid confusion
  • Flexible and light-weight

Of the 96 eligible voters, only 69 had cast ballots. The nomination period for the election was from January 7, 2019 to January 20, 2019. The voting period was from January 21, 2019 to February 4, 2019.

The results are in and the top five candidates are:

  • Barry Warsaw
  • Brett Cannon
  • Carol Willing
  • Guido van Rossum
  • Nick Coghlan

Now, these five individuals are a part of the steering council for Python governance. The council will make decisions on PEPs. They will also work on maintaining the stability, quality of the Python language and interpreter.

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