[Python-Dev] Summary of Tracker Issues

Georg Brandl g.brandl at gmx.net
Wed May 16 08:27:55 CEST 2007

Terry Reedy schrieb:
> "Georg Brandl" <g.brandl at gmx.net> wrote in message 
> news:f2bnlr$b14$1 at sea.gmane.org...
> | Terry Reedy schrieb:
> | > How about asking a Python specific question, with answered filled in 
> rather
> | > that multiple choice selected:  I would be willing to make up a bunch.
> And I would spend longer than a couple of minutes at 3am to do so.
> | There are two problems with this:
> | * The set of questions is limited,
> but unbounded.  I would aim for, say, 50 to start
> | and bots can be programmed to know them all.
> by hacking into the site?  or by repeated failed attempts?

By requesting a registration form over and over, and recording all
questions. A human would then answer them, which is easily done for
50 questions (provided that they are *not* targeted at experienced
Python programmers, which shouldn't be done).

>  Then someone 
> has to answer the questions correctly to put the correct answers in.  A lot 
> of work for very temporary access (a day?) to one site.

Assuming that you don't replace all questions after killing the bot account,
he can get the access again very easily.

> Then maybe I reword the questions or add new ones, so more programming is 
> needed.
> | * Even programmers might not immediately know an answer, and I can
> | understand  them turning away on that occasion (take for example the 
> "name-
> | binding" term).
> I would expect and want review by others, including non-American, 
> non-native-English speakers to weed out unintended obscurities and 
> ambiguities.

That's necessary in any case.


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