[IPython-dev] Results of last year's user survey

Aaron Meurer asmeurer at gmail.com
Mon Mar 10 20:45:11 EDT 2014

Gitter does support direct messages. I don't know if it supports private rooms.

Aaron Meurer

On Mon, Mar 10, 2014 at 3:49 PM, Thomas Kluyver <takowl at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 10 March 2014 13:02, Aaron Meurer <asmeurer at gmail.com> wrote:
>>  I didn't know you guys were dropping 2.6 support so soon.
> Yep. We've been fairly aggressive with Python version requirements for a
> while - we were one of the first projects to drop 2.5 support as well. We
> anticipate we'll get some bug reports about it, but we think it's worth it
> to be able to use 2.7 features reliably. It's so easy to forget what 2.6
> didn't have, which is why we had to release 1.2.1 soon after 1.2.0.
>> Regarding hipchat, I hate to say it, but nobody uses it because it
>> sucks. I personally hate it every time I try to use it. The interface
>> is just the worst for people who are not registered. You guys should
>> take a look at gitter.im. It integrates with GitHub, it's free, and it
>> has nice things like backlogs on chats for everyone.
> We do actually see a couple of questions on Hipchat most days - probably
> more traffic than the mailing list - but I don't think most of the people
> using the help chat room would have heard about the survey. Gitter does look
> interesting, though.
> Brian: I think Gitter has private rooms if you associate it with private
> repos. People who can see the repo see the chat room. I don't know about
> direct messaging.
>> I'm a little surprised about the academia vs. industry usage. I
>> suspect there were just more respondents from the academic side than
>> from industry.
> That's quite possible. The results are probably also biased towards English
> speakers, early adopters, and technically proficient users. Getting a
> representative sample is pretty tricky. But I think the results give us some
> ballpark figures.
> Thomas
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