[Baypiggies] pythondev.slack.com for chatting

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Tue Feb 2 22:54:37 EST 2016

No worries. Maybe I was sensitized to the issue by the recent
kerfuffle on this list about the hijacking (?) of the baypiggies
meetup. There's also a big discussion on python-ideas about
alternatives to mailing lists (under the subject "A bit meta" if you
want to read it in the python-ideas archives). It irks me that the
Slack channel cannot be read without an account. But none of that
should be your problem!


On Tue, Feb 2, 2016 at 5:49 PM, Craig Rodrigues <rodrigc at freebsd.org> wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 2, 2016 at 10:56 AM, Guido van Rossum <guido at python.org> wrote:
>> So are you the one who set it up? It all feels so anonymous (and I
>> worry that people may think it's going to be how core development
>> happens in the future, or that it's endorsed by the PSF).
> I did not set it up.  It was set up by an enthusiast,
> Vishwa Krishnakumar, who advertised it in a few places like Twitter (
> https://twitter.com/VishwaKk/status/620430124588990465 ) and Reddit.
> While I understand that "pythondev" is in the name of the Slack instance,
> I think you may be overreacting by bringing up the PSF and core Python
> development, with respect to this Slack instance.
> By posting a link to pythondev.slack.com, I was merely pointing out a
> freely available resource that people on the Baypiggies list may find useful
> for collaborating or discussing Python.  I was not seeking approval
> or endorsement by PSF, nor was I suggesting that core Python development
> move to this medium.
> As with anything, not everyone may like Slack, which is fine.
> My philosophy is, if people like it, and get something out of it, use it,
> otherwise, ignore it.  I have found it to be a nice resource, hence I shared
> the link with the community.
> Some of the issues which you raised regarding accessibility and ease of
> use are valid.  I think those are reasonable issues to raise with Vishwa,
> and see if we can tune the Slack instance to be a bit more usable.
> --
> Craig

--Guido van Rossum (python.org/~guido)

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