Python documentation too difficult for beginners

Terry Reedy tjreedy at
Tue Nov 2 23:55:59 CET 2010

On 11/2/2010 2:43 PM, Tim Harig wrote:

> The real question is what do you want to gain by your posts here.  You
> should already know that most groups are, by their very nature, slow to
> make changes to the status quo.  The problem tends to be exasperated in
> open source projects where any changes mean that people have to donate
> their time to make anything happen.  You will in general find two things to
> be true:
> 1. Since they are dontating their time, you will find that people tend to
> 	scratch their own iches first.
> 2. People who do take the time to contribute to open source projects are
> 	people of action.  They don't tend to be appreciative of those who
> 	constantly generate feature requests but have no inclination to do
> 	any of the work themselves.  They do appreciate other people of
> 	action who are interested in making the project better.
> Therefore, if you truly want changes in the documentation, I suggest that,
> rather then whining to the group, you make some of the changes yourself.

I agree up to here, with a different interpretation of the last clause.
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Terry Jan Reedy

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