njs's blog post
I appear to be the target of a personal character attack piece, that's been making it's rounds on social media today, expertly timed to ruin my weekend at PyCon US 2019.
I got nothing but strange signals from njs since I first interacted with him, which is why I didn't answer his threatening-sounding emails. What was the threat I was perceving? That he'd do basically do exactly this.
And, he did. Good for him.
- We are not planning on directly using njs's urllib3 work, as it has proven to be a bad choice for us, moving forward. We are working on making a low-level http library built into requests3 itself, which will have many advantages.
- Until recently, when Tom Christie joined the team, I was the only person available to work on the advancement of requests.
- I approached njs shortly after the fundraiser, and he was almost offended that I wanted to explore the possibility of reimbursing him for his urllib3 work, because he "had a job".
- Because of this, the fundraising funds were allocated to myself, to reimburse myself for all the time and energy I'm putting into Requests III, which I want to make a really great product.
- All major sponsors (e.g. the sources of the money) are aware of who they were paying. All one-off donations that were made were made with a link that said "Pay Kenneth Reitz". There is no conspiracy here.
- Any future donations to Requests III efforts (if there are any), will be split between Tom & myself. We were discussing the possibility of using PSF Fiscal Sponsorship for this component, but we're going to cross that bridge if/when it's needed.
All that being said, I'm not sure why this person feels the need to attack my character, including curating a list of quotes (what?) from "collaborators". All I have to say about this section is hey, if you don't like me, don't fucking work with me. I don't have time for two-faced relationships.
My set of real collaborators is generally scoped to a very small set of close friends, so I'm not really sure who he's referring to anyway.
Anyway, just wanted to get some kind of response out there.
Keep on, keeping on.
Update I: I will be removing the donation buttom from my repos, based on community feedback. They're mostly an experiment anyway, and a failed one (very rarely do they get used).
Update II: Requests III is planned to be shipped by next PyCon, and I don't forsee the need to fundraise more between now and then. I see no tehcnical blockers (there have been for the past year), and it looks like all will be well. Just have to be patient. It's better to take the time to get things right :)
Update III: I never accepted paid support contacts for Requests.
Update IV: Expect a Requests III Development Update post on my blog, soon!
Thoughts & Musings: a (Public) Journal
A collection of hand-written essays by Kenneth Reitz.
- A Letter to /r/python.
- My Last Manic Episode.
- njs's blog post.
- The Secret to My Success: Stimulants.
- On Polyamory.
- My Favorite Python Libraries.
- Dinner with a Narcissist.
- I Do Lots of Things.
- Competition and Open Source.
- A Good Hat.
- Working from Home — a Double-Edged Sword.
- iPad as a Main Computer.
- Truest Love.
- On Psychedelics and Other Drugs.
- Feeling Better & Reflecting on Open Source.
- On Depression, Part I (of many).
- Writing Reasonable Documentation.
- Pipe Dream: Making a Game.
- On Traveling and Depression.
- On Depression, Part II.
- A Concise List of Personal Values.
- Why This isn't a Blog.
- On Irritability in Open Source.
- Esoteric Interest and Current Bookshelf.
- Attempting to Reduce Stimulants Usage.
- The Far Side of Madness.
- My Average Day.
- Self Therapy or Professional & Amphetamines.
- On Conferences and Travel.
- Back to Work.
- New Project Idea: Environment Variables.
- Stuck in a Rut.
- Living With Reasonable Regrets.
- Soul Purpose.
- Three Concise Truths.
- Switching Cameras (again).
- The Anxiety of Clout.
- First Entry.
- It's About Time....
- Fellowship at PyCon (upcomming).
- Sharing is Therapeutic.
- Positivity, Coming Soon™.
- Seeking Inspiration, Somewhere.
- On Open Source and Impactfulness.
- On Writing.
- On Inspiration and Tools (like languages).
- Poetic Expressions.
- On Writing Music and Emotional Landscape.