Spamming PyPI with stupid packages

PiLS pils at
Wed Jan 4 15:48:36 EST 2012

Le mar, 03 jan 2012 20:28:59, Steven D'Aprano a ploppé:
> On Tue, 03 Jan 2012 05:08:47 -0800, Ethan Furman wrote:
> [...]
>>> "maybe policing uploads is worse than cluttering PyPI's disk space and
>>> RSS feed with dumb 1 KB packages." (Matt Chaput)
>>> I'd drop the "maybe".
>> It's hard enough finding what one wants without having to wade through
>> crap.  PyPI is not the place for it.
> I agree. But who gets to choose which packages are "serious" enough to 
> deserve to be on PyPI? Or good enough?
> The cost of allowing anyone the freedom to publish their work is that 
> some published work will be crap.
> Besides, I find it hard to believe that the search facilities on PyPI are 
> so bad that there would be any searches that come up with "" 
> or "" as false positives.
> Seriously, the over-reaction here is something that has to be seen to be 
> believed. The original complaint is over a couple of entries in an RSS 
> feed and showing up on the front page of PyPI, perhaps a dozen words in 
> total. The reaction has been thousands of words arguing back and forth.


The "it objectifies wymyn" argument (back and forth) was particularly
funny (in a insignificant nonsensical hollier-than-thou nitpicking way).
I really was on the verge of pushing the plonk button a couple times
(between spurts of uncontrollable laughter).
If anything, I see the joke as derogatory to Python programmers; sadly, 
this very thread proves this view. Also, I find it disturbing that the 
wymyn-power knights in shiny armour identify a python module with 
a woman. If I nuke a Karmic Koala, will they rat me out to the WWF, to
the UNODA, or to both?


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