I think you're making what I call the "Microsoft Argument": target the mean of the standard distribution of brainpower, not the starboard tail, where the pythonistas hang out. This may be an increasingly bad problem with python. I dimly grasp what we're doing with decorators, and really haven't gotten my mind around why a 'new style class' is better than an old style one, and the use case for meta-classes escapes me. Maybe the answer, then, is a custom apache distribution that automagically configures mod_python for intense http combat. Not that I've the technical chops to configure such, mind you.