The recent announcement by Guido van Rossum
that he was stepping away from
his “benevolent dictator for life” (BDFL) role for Python was met with some
surprise, but not much shock, at least in the core-developer community.
Van Rossum has been telegraphing some kind of change, at some unspecified
point, for several years now, though the proximate cause (the “PEP 572 mess“) is
unfortunate. In the meantime, though, the project needs to figure out
how to govern itself moving forward—Van Rossum did not appoint a successor
and has left the governance question up to the core developers.