[Python-Dev] PyPI comments and ratings, *really*?

Ben Finney ben+python at benfinney.id.au
Thu Nov 12 23:39:01 CET 2009

Guido van Rossum <guido at python.org> writes:

> Maybe that's an example of a user who doesn't know how to use those
> support channels? I know I wouldn't bother with IRC even if it was the
> only way to get in touch with users, I hate it with a vengeance.
> (Though arguably I'm a special case -- whenever I show up everyone
> goes "ooooh, Guido is here." :-) And I might not want to sign up for a
> mailing list for a casual question. And what exactly is a "forum"?

By my understanding of English, a “forum” is any assembly for open
discussion of a topic. Mailing lists, IRC channels, Usenet groups, and
gatherings in a pub all merit the term “forum”; and no crappy web
applications get to usurp its meaning exclusively.

(Nothing to do with PyPI, just an appeal to keeping terms useful.)

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Ben Finney

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