On 3 April 2017 at 05:23, Stephen J. Turnbull firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Nathaniel Smith writes:
Well, I'm afraid to contact this closed and not-for-mortals list, not sure this very basic question should go there ;) perhaps you are already a member, feel free to forward.
core-mentorship is intended as a friendly place for folks who are starting to study CPython internals. I'm not sure where you got the impression that it's not-for-mortals but I suspect the people running it would like to know so they can fix it :-).
I imagine Oleg got that impression because he tried to access the archives, which are closed to non-members. I don't recall the rationale for that but there was one, I suspect that won't change.
It relates to these two points in the list's guidelines for participation:
========= * Statements made by core developers can be quoted outside of the list. * Statements made by others can not be quoted outside the list without explicit permission. =========
as well as this stated goal:
========= A major goal of this group is to help new contributors feel more confident about participating in the results focused public environments of the bug tracker, python-dev and python-ideas. =========
Lots of folks aren't comfortable with having their newbie questions being archived permanently in reach of online search engines, so rather than saying "You shouldn't be bothered by that", we instead offer them a place to ask questions that is at least somewhat private.
There are folks at the other end of the spectrum that don't trust any communications channel with deliberately closed archives ("What are they hiding?"), but that's OK - different services are provided for different audiences.