[Python-Dev] High volumes and off topic discussions

Maciej Fijalkowski fijall at gmail.com
Thu Feb 28 18:17:39 CET 2013

On Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 4:03 PM, Antoine Pitrou <solipsis at pitrou.net> wrote:
> Le Thu, 28 Feb 2013 13:36:10 +0200,
> Maciej Fijalkowski <fijall at gmail.com> a écrit :
>> Hi
>> I know this is a hard topic, but python-dev is already incredibly
>> high-volume and dragging discussion off-topic is making following
>> important stuff (while ignoring unimportant stuff) very hard.
>> For example in a recent topic "cffi in stdlib" I find a mail that says
>> "we have to find a sufficiently silly species of snake". It's even
>> funny, but it definitely makes it very hard to follow for those of us
>> who don't read python-dev 24/7. Would it be reasonable for python-dev
>> to generally try to stay on topic (for example if the thread is called
>> "silly species of snakes", I absolutely don't mind people posting
>> there whatever they feel like as long as I'm not expected to read
>> every single message).
> I'm afraid you're trying to devise derogatory distinctions regarding
> drifting discussions.
> Seriously, yes, I approve of changing the subject line, although I
> forgot to do it this time.
> For the record, you can also read the list through a NNTP gateway using
> Gmane, it can make things easier.

How does that help with knowing what mails to read what mails not to
read? the agenda thread is a great example - I care about the agenda,
because I'm even mentioned there, but I don't care about the legal
mailing list that occupies 2/3 of the thread. People who like to care
about legal stuff would be baffled that noone told them, because it
was buried inside a thread about a conference they might not go to
etc. Anyway, I'm not even a regular here so do what works for you.

> Regards
> Antoine.
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