[Numpy-discussion] Backwards-incompatible improvements to numpy.random.RandomState

Nathaniel Smith njs at pobox.com
Sun May 24 16:39:52 EDT 2015

On May 24, 2015 11:04 AM, <josef.pktd at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sun, May 24, 2015 at 1:49 PM, Nathaniel Smith <njs at pobox.com> wrote:
>> On May 24, 2015 8:43 AM, <josef.pktd at gmail.com> wrote:
>> >
>> > Reminder: we are bottom or inline posting
>> Can we stop hassling people about this? Inline replies are a great tool
to have in your toolkit for complicated technical discussions, but I feel
like our weird insistence on them has turned into a pointless and
exclusionary thing. It's not like bottom replying is even any better -- the
traditional mailing list rule is you trim quotes to just the part you're
replying to (like this message); quoting the whole thing and replying
underneath just to give people a bit of exercise for their scrolling finger
would totally have gotten you flamed too.
>> But email etiquette has moved on since the 90s, even regular posters to
this list violate this "rule" all the time, it's time to let it go.
> It's not a 90's thing and I learned about it around 2009 when I started
in here.
> I find it very annoying trying to catch up with a longer thread and the
replies are all over the place.
> Anne is a few years older than I in terms of numpy and scipy
participation and this was just intended to be a friendly reminder.

And while I know you didn't mean it this way, I'm guessing that being
immediately greeted by criticism for failing to follow some arbitrary and
inconsistently-applied rule was indeed a strong reminder of what a
unpleasant place FOSS mailing lists can sometimes be, and why someone might
disappear from them for a few years. I think we can do better.

This is pretty off-topic for this thread, though, see so let's let it lie
here. If anyone desperately needs to comment further please email me

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