Python Origins

Curtis Jensen cjensen at
Thu Dec 7 20:34:08 CET 2000

"A.M. Kuchling" wrote:
> On Wed, 06 Dec 2000 17:06:55 -0800, Nathan Gray <nospam at> wrote:
> >It's really upsetting how often I've seen this sort of response to a polite
> >question on this newsgroup lately.  Tell me, what's so terrible with asking a
> >group of experts for pointers when researching a subject?  It's a perfectly
> >legitimate and highly effective way to learn about something.  There's plenty
> I've noticed this trend, too, though T.C. May, the person you're
> replying to, has always had a low tolerance for cluelessness, as I
> noted when lurking on the cypherpunks mailing list in the early 90s;
> May's posts were often informative and entertaining, but not often
> placid.  (I was pleased to turn up here, though I'm not sure why he's
> taken up Python.)

A while back, someone wrote in and asked what a text editor was.  The
answers to this were polite and informative, and non-demeaning.  I'm
curious why this one and why others get ripped on, and others don't. 
Luck of the draw?

Curtis Jensen
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