steve at holdenweb.com
Fri Apr 23 22:10:43 CEST 2010
Ethan Schoonover wrote:
> Hello pydotorg,
> I find myself here courtesy of Jesse's well-timed blog post. I'd like
> to give you a sense of my current orientation to the larger Python
> community and my background in order to contextualize my comments and
> any ongoing contribution I might be able to make to this process.
> I have a dual technology and marketing (yes, I said the 'm' word)
> background. I've filled both roles for over a decade, including having
> running web production and marketing operations for Fortune 500
> clients in a multinational ad agency for much of my career.
> Despite having run large marketing and web production operations, I
> live in vim, my UI of choice is a command line and I eat ones and
> zeros for breakfast.
> I am also a complete Python noob, but I almost wasn't. That's why I'm
> here, posting to this list. I want to share my perspective as a recent
> 'convert' to Python, talk about the barriers to selection I faced in
> relation to the website and perhaps share some of my thoughts on
> improving things.
> In terms of self education, a key factor in my selection of Python was
> the "State of the Python Community" video that Steve Holden gave at
> PyCon 2009. This got me over the hump of my initial "wow what a
> terrible website" reaction and made me realize that its current state
> wasn't indicative of the language or community itself.
> I've begun to review Richard's site redevelopment proposal plan and I
> think he's got an absolutely solid foundation there.
> I'll have further questions and comments, but for now I just wanted to
> wade gently into these waters and say hello.
Thanks for taking the time to write, Ethan. It's terrific to know these
talks do some good. It doesn't always feel that way at the time ...
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