[Python-il] About Python-IL

cool-RR cool-rr at cool-rr.com
Sun Jan 24 22:24:33 IST 2010

Okay, sounds sensible. So we'll point askers to StackOverflow in addition to
answering their questions.


On Sun, Jan 24, 2010 at 9:20 PM, Beni Cherniavsky <cben at users.sf.net> wrote:

> On Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 22:40, cool-RR <cool-rr at cool-rr.com> wrote:
>> I have a question about Python-IL. Is it encouraged that people ask for
>> help with Python on this list? This list is pretty low-activity, and most of
>> the activity is people helping other people. While that is definitely a
>> positive thing, is Python-IL a good medium for this?
>> I am asking two questions here:
>>    1. Is it good for the list? After all, I understand that this list is
>>    about the Israeli Python community. So unless a question has
>>    Israeli-specific content (Like "How do I use Hebrew in my Python app"),
>>    should it be here? I mean, I'd personally be very interested in Python
>>    activity in Israel (like conferences,) but I'm not interested in reading the
>>    Python help emails. So for me it's just diluting the valuable stuff.
>>    2. Is it good for the askers? I use StackOverflow<http://stackoverflow.com>a lot when I have programming questions/problems, and in my experience it
>>    works great. My second choice would be to ask in the mailing lists of
>>    specific libraries that I'm using and have questions about. (Like wxPython.)
>>    But StackOverflow is usually the right choice.
>> What do you think?
>> All Israeli hacking lists (linux-il, pyweb-il, etc) are full of questions
> which could better be asked on an international forum.
> The only reason to ask them here is a sense of community - some of us know
> each other personally, some just feel warm fuzzies talking to local people,
> some newbies were told "join the friendly Python list" and don't know
> anybody else...
> Objectively, it's obviously suboptimal, but works satisfactorily since the
> local community has the critical mass of brains.
> The only reason to answer them here is maintaining this community - we like
> talking to people we know, and we care about Linux/Python/$topic* *in
> Israel so we're happy to answer a question by Israeli people now and then.
> I think the whole arrangement is OK for the lists.
> If we restrict the list to properly-local topics only, it'd degenerate to a
> hollow news feed.
> Also, I'd hate it very much if we told anybody "we don't want your
> questions"!
> As long as enough of us are happy to answer any questions, let's be
> friendly.
> => I propose that we *inform* to new askers about about other places to
> ask (in particular, SO is terrific!),
>      but still *welcome *them here as long they feel like asking here.
> Language non-policy:
>    Hebrew must obviously be welcome here (because where else?);
>    English is also OK (because apparently most of us prefer it).
> --
> Beni Cherniavsky-Paskin <cben at users.sf.net>

Ram Rachum
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