[python-advocacy] Obstacles to the adoption of Python

Aahz aahz at pythoncraft.com
Sat Mar 22 16:58:45 CET 2008

On Sat, Mar 22, 2008, Jeff Rush wrote:
> Aahz wrote:
>>I mean, obviously I think some kind of advocacy is a Good Idea, or I
>>wouldn't be here (nor would I have written a Python book), but I believe
>>that thinking of advocacy in simple terms of increasing Python usage is
>>the wrong approach.
>>I believe that overall the right approach should focus on increasing the
>>Python community.
> This is not clear - "increase the Python community <what>"?


>>I think Python's merits are sufficient by themselves
>>to increase Python's usage -- just look at Python's growth over the past
>>few years.  The long-term health of Python is dependent on drawing people
>>into participating in the community and contributing to it.
> True, that participation is critical to maintaining the feel of
> community, but the tasks of improving the documentation and online
> repository can draw upon that community and perhaps challenge some
> to get involved in those aspects. People needs tasks, need to feel
> useful, to belong.
> I guess the question is how do you get others involved in -anything-,
> and one way is by expressing clearly the needs of the community,
> giving support and encouragement to those who step forward, and
> word praise for good results. Although Python is doing well, there
> are still unmet needs and a somewhat reduced rate of volunteerism,
> compared to say WorldCon or the SCA.

You're answering your own question, right here.  ;-)
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