Python docstrings are not considered as comment

I’m facing false positives in Python, concerning the 20% comment/code ratio rule.
I’m using Sonarqube Community Edition (Version 8.9.6 build 50800).

According to PEP258, docstring can have the following formats

"""Module docstring -> comment"""

g = 'module attribute (module-global variable)'
"""This is g's docstring. -> Not a comment"""

class AClass:

    c = 'class attribute'
    """This is AClass.c's docstring. -> Not a comment"""

    def __init__(self):
        """Method __init__'s docstring.-> comment"""

        self.i = 'instance attribute'
        """This is self.i's docstring. -> not a comment"""

def f(x):
    """Function f's docstring. -> comment"""
    return x**2

f.a = 1
"""Function attribute f.a's docstring. -> Not a comment"""

Yet, some of them only are considered as comments in Sonarqube. When it’s not, this is considered as code and my ratio becomes high!

Is it normal ? Desired ?
Thanks for your help!

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Hello @emonier,

First, sorry for the late answer.
Indeed, the behavior is inconsistent and it seems that attribute docstrings are not considered as proper docstring by the analyzer, and therefore not recognized as comments.

I created the following ticket to fix this.