[Tutor] Auto-response for your message to the "Tutor" mailing list
jeanpierreda at gmail.com
Sun May 13 05:31:23 CEST 2012
This is the third time I've received a message "for those of you new
to the Tutor list". When does it stop?
On Sat, May 12, 2012 at 11:19 PM, <tutor-bounces at python.org> wrote:
> Your message for tutor at python.org, the Python programming tutor list,
> has been received and is being delivered. This automated response is
> sent to those of you new to the Tutor list, to point out a few
> resources that can help with answering your own questions, or improve
> the chances of getting a useful answer from the other subscribers.
> If your question is something akin to:
> "I've just heard about Python, and it sounds great! Where can I
> find out more on how to program with Python?"
> "What's Python?"
> please read section 1 below.
> On the other hand, if your question is:
> "I've heard that Python is good for hacking -- I want to know
> "Can you teach me how to break into a computer with Python?"
> please read section 2 at the bottom of this email.
> Section 1: ----------
> The most comprehensive overview of python.org help resources is at
> The Python FAQ is available at
> and it has answers to many questions that people ask, possibly
> including your question. Another wealth of information and experience
> can be found via the python.org searches, at
> There you'll find comprehensive, easy-to-use searches over the
> python.org web site and the Python newsgroup, comp.lang.python.
> Python has an online tutorial, available freely from
> Finally, when you do send email to the Tutor list, be as clear as you
> can about the problem, including, when relevant, details like:
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> In general, be specific about what was going on connected with the
> problem or what specific concept you're having difficulties with. The
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> There's a HOWTO that shows how to ask "smart" questions to technical
> Although it is provocative, it does have some good points, and is an
> interesting read.
> Note that no one is paid to read the tutor list or provide answers,
> and most readers often have other work that demands their attention.
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> Anyway, your message is being delivered to the Tutor list as this one
> is being sent. However, if your question was about as detailed as
> "Teach me how to program in Python", do not count on an answer -- this
> email contains all the information you need to start. Come back with
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> Section 2: ----------
> We periodically get requests which ask about hacking or cracking or
> breaking into computers. If you haven't yet, go read Eric Raymond's
> article "How To Become a Hacker" at
> If, after you've read that, you want help learning how to hack the way
> Eric defines the word, then come back to us (and read Section 1
> above). If you want help learning how to crack, go look elsewhere --
> we're not interested in helping you do that.
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