Paul Moore email@example.com writes: ...
- Somewhere I can go to find useful modules, that's better than
Google is very good at searching programming related topics on the web compared to other search engines or custom searches on niche sites.
I sporadically try to use alternatives and at best they are good enough but worse than Google.
If you know any examples to the contrary, please share.
- Someone else choosing the "best option" - I don't want to evaluate
3 different progressbar modules, I just want to write "57% complete" and a few dots!
The issue is that "best option" is often different for different people or fashion-driven and therefore transient.
- C extensions aren't a huge problem to me on Windows, although I'm
looking forward to the day when everyone distributes wheels (wheel convert is good enough for now though). 
I have the opposite impression. http://pythonforengineers.com/stop-struggling-with-python-on-windows/
C extensions are not an issue on POSIX systems: there are package managers (official or not) and the compilers are easily available if you want the latest and greatest.
 A Linux/OS X user might have more more issues with C extensions.
PS I should also note that even in its current state, PyPI is streets ahead of the 3rd party module story I've experienced for any other language - C/C++, Lua, Powershell, and Java are all far worse. Perl/CPAN may be as good or better, it's so long since I used Perl that I don't really know these days.
Or: "The artifact approach is unambiguously better for any production deployment. The source-based approach found in Ruby, Perl, and Python is a problem for me more often than a solution." https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=7070464
Though wheel binary package format is designed to solve it.