[AstroPy] Mailing list --> Stackoverflow format?

Eli Bressert ebressert at cfa.harvard.edu
Sun Jun 17 07:17:37 EDT 2012

Hi Prasanth,

Thanks for pointing that out. I knew of the website but somehow
associated it with Astronomy Beta by accident. It looks good to me. So
let me modify my question to the mailing community. Any specific
reasons why we wouldn't use Astrobabel? Still too general?


On Sun, Jun 17, 2012 at 12:12 PM, Prasanth <oneaufs at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello,
> Isn't http://www.astrobabel.com trying to do something like this outside
> stackexchange sites? It is not just for astro-python, but perhaps having one
> place for all astronomy computing questions is an easier thing to do.
> Prasanth
> On Sun, Jun 17, 2012 at 2:58 PM, Eli Bressert <ebressert at cfa.harvard.edu>
> wrote:
>> Hi everyone,
>> I'm avid fan of stackoverflow.com for asking questions/finding
>> solutions on non-astronomy Python problems. The information format on
>> the website is very simple to search through and ask questions. As a
>> mailing list there is nothing wrong with the current format, but I do
>> prefer the stackoverflow format.
>> We can propose it on area51.stackexchange.com (Astropython Beta) and
>> see how it fares. I noticed that the Astronomy Beta project didn't
>> work out due to a lack of activity. Why the lack of activity? Not
>> sure. If we were to have Astropython Beta go up, I may be more
>> successful for several reasons.
>> 1) We already have an active mailing list
>> 2) Astropython Beta could act as a communication medium for
>> astro-related python packages and users
>> 3) Astropy.org is about released and Astropython Beta could be a
>> helpful platform for new Python adopters
>> Having a separate mailing list for every astro-related Python package
>> can be tedious to follow through emails. If Astropython Beta were a
>> central source of communication it could make life for both the dev's
>> and users easier. I'm curious others think of this idea. If it has
>> been discussed before... sorry for bringing up the topic again.
>> Cheers,
>> Eli
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