Corel + Borland = The End of MS Win

Mike Fletcher mfletch at
Thu Feb 10 14:03:39 EST 2000

Wasn't complaining about newbies :). Was saying that maybe we should let
these types of threads die, since they aren't really adding anything to the
newsgroup, and tend to devolve into flames etceteras.  I.e. we should get
back to the clear, intelligent, polite commentary, with well laid out
arguments and an assumption that those involved are doing their best (i.e.
not ridiculing other people's comparisons with Python, but striving to
understand why the perception is there, and potentially fix the problem or
educate the people).

I don't generally get involved in these discussions, but since there was a
question "does Python have object-oriented structure", and I could answer
with actual content, I thought I'd chip in and foist my (apparently a little
too dry) sense of humour on everyone :) .

An unrespected younger ;)

-----Original Message-----
From: Sean Blakey [mailto:seanb at]
Sent: Thursday, February 10, 2000 10:37 AM
To: Mike Fletcher
Cc: Python Mailing List
Subject: RE: Corel + Borland = The End of MS Win

Please, don't complain about the newbies.  If we start complaining about
newbies here, it is only a matter of time before we start flaming to a
crisp anybody who whines about whitespace.  At that point we become the
python equivalent of comp.lang.perl.misc.

I have been reading this group for about a year now, and from day one I
was consistently impressed by the polite, patient, friendly tone that
prevails here.  I have heard it commented that one of the best things
about python is the python community.  Even when Tom Christianson came
through here a while ago, the vast majority of the people here were able
to disagree clearly, intelligently, and politely.

As in all things python, we should pay attention to the example set by
Guido.  You have to dig back in the python-list archives many years to
find him responding much to this kind of thread that pops up again and
again.  Many other "respected elders" of this group have taken the same
attitude.  When something this boring pops up again (as it inevitably
will), you will not see flames from any of these people.  Just a
conspicuous silence.

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