The Real-Time Use of Python in Data Science World!

Steven D'Aprano steve at
Sat Feb 27 04:13:12 EST 2016

On Sat, 27 Feb 2016 06:47 am, Joel Goldstick wrote:

> On Fri, Feb 26, 2016 at 2:35 PM, Anita Goyal <anitagoyal571 at>
> wrote:
>> This course will help you to expertise the usage of Python in Data
>> Science world.

> Second post by this person.  Both advertising classes for a fee.  Is this
> proper posting?  I tend to think it is spam

That's a tricky one. It's on-topic and reasonable honest (no obfuscated
text, and although they don't explicitly state there is a fee it should be
obvious that most courses that aren't labelled as free do cost money). It
is advertising, but advertising isn't necessarily evil. And it's being sent
to a public list, rather than spammed out to millions of individual email

I think it's in a grey area, but so long as the sender doesn't abuse the
privilege by flooding the group with advertising, it falls just slightly on
the "acceptable" side of the line. But I wouldn't be surprised if some
people disagree. I think it would be more acceptable to me if the sender
labelled the subject line as "Advertising".


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