Off-Topic Posts and Threads on the Python Mailing List

alex23 wuwei23 at
Thu Sep 29 23:49:56 EDT 2011

Chris Angelico <ros... at> wrote:
> We may happen to have coincidental interest in (say)
> music, but just because some group of us (or even all of us) all enjoy
> music does not mean that it'd be on-topic to have a discussion of the
> tetrachord of Mercury.

As general discussion it would be, sure, but I don't think there's
anything that can be readily dismissed as 'not relevant' in terms of
providing abstract concepts to programmers. I've tried explaining
encapsulation to non-programmers using Reason's hardware rack
metaphor. I'm slowly seeing more and more interest in applying
hermeneutics to computer science, a discipline that arose out of the
study of religious texts.

We don't always know what we don't know. For that alone, I'd rather we
were more inclusive of topics of discussion than exclusionary.

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