[pydotorg-www] Resource book lists are mostly one publishing house

Steve Holden steve at holdenweb.com
Sun Dec 15 07:48:04 EST 2019

They've already been warned once.

Personal opinion: they should be stopped from spamming our Wiki, in which
they currently have undue prominence.

Kind regards,
Steve Holden

On Sun, Dec 15, 2019 at 5:20 AM Mats Wichmann <mats at wichmann.us> wrote:

> On 12/14/19 9:55 PM, Frances Hocutt wrote:
> > Hello all,
> >
> > While going through the wiki working on Python 3 updates, I noticed
> > that these two pages now stretch to hundreds of books from a single
> > publisher:
> >
> >   https://wiki.python.org/moin/IntroductoryBooks
> >   https://wiki.python.org/moin/AdvancedBooks
> >
> > This seems like it runs into spamming/broad self-promotion more than a
> > usefully curated list of resources, but I'm not familiar with how this
> > wiki usually handles that kind of thing. Could someone more familiar
> > with this wiki take a look?
> We do have one publisher - Packt - that keeps updating all the time.
> They produce books at an astounding rate.  I've looked at a fair number
> and they're not useless, although they're of fairly low quality in my
> personal opinion - it's a kind of "book mill".
> I haven't a clue what we think we should do about them.  I think we
> warned them a few times about changing the sorting to put their books at
> the top, and believe they stopped that and kept to the "alphabetical
> order" we suggest. Beyond that... don't think we can say they're doing
> something wrong. Without someone curating the list for quality, which we
> don't have, it's not clear there's any actual complaint we can make.
> Thanks for asking - it's a good question.
> Anybody else?
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