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Tim Golden
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      02-17-2013
On 17/02/2013 00:19, Claira wrote:
> Can someone tell me what kinds of questions should be asked in this
> list and what kinds in the tutor section?


There's no clear-cut distinction. The rule of thumb I usually
apply is that questions about the *language* (its syntax, its
usage, its idioms etc.) and about the core parts of the standard
library -- the modules which come with Python -- can usefully
be asked on the Tutor list by newcomers. Questions which are
about 3rd-party modules (for example, numpy or requests) or
which about more specialised standard library modules (such
as the Windows-specific modules) are probably better asked
here on python-list or on a module-specific forum for
external modules.

Again, though, there's no hard-and-fast rule: if you're not
sure, ask on the Tutor list and we'll tell you there if
you're better off asking somewhere else. It's quite a
friendly environment

TJG
 
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Rick Johnson
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      02-17-2013
On Sunday, February 17, 2013 3:44:29 AM UTC-6, Tim Golden wrote:
> On 17/02/2013 00:19, Claira wrote:
> > Can someone tell me what kinds of questions should be asked in this
> > list and what kinds in the tutor section?

>
> There's no clear-cut distinction. The rule of thumb I usually
> apply is that questions about the *language* (its syntax, its
> usage, its idioms etc.) and about the core parts of the standard
> library -- the modules which come with Python -- can usefully
> be asked on the Tutor list by newcomers. Questions which are
> about 3rd-party modules (for example, numpy or requests) or
> which about more specialised standard library modules (such
> as the Windows-specific modules) are probably better asked
> here on python-list or on a module-specific forum for
> external modules.


I don't agree with that assesment at all.

I would say you could ask your question on either list and get an equal quality of answer(s). Both lists contain very knowledgable folks who are willing to help.

The python tutor list is mainly for folks who might be new to programming OR folks who have a thinner skin than your average grape and thus need to bespoken to in an /overly/ kind manner. This list is for real world communications and some replies can be acerbic (especially if you want someone to do your homework for you!).

So the moral is:

* If you want good answers that are not likely to offend
your delicate sensibilities, then ask on PyTutor.

* If you want good answers to your questions in a strait-
forward-and-to-the-point-manner (which may include the
occasional "RTFM you idiot!", or "Here, LMGTFY; you lazy
bassturd!") then ask here.



 
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Rick Johnson
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      02-17-2013
On Sunday, February 17, 2013 3:44:29 AM UTC-6, Tim Golden wrote:
> On 17/02/2013 00:19, Claira wrote:
> > Can someone tell me what kinds of questions should be asked in this
> > list and what kinds in the tutor section?

>
> There's no clear-cut distinction. The rule of thumb I usually
> apply is that questions about the *language* (its syntax, its
> usage, its idioms etc.) and about the core parts of the standard
> library -- the modules which come with Python -- can usefully
> be asked on the Tutor list by newcomers. Questions which are
> about 3rd-party modules (for example, numpy or requests) or
> which about more specialised standard library modules (such
> as the Windows-specific modules) are probably better asked
> here on python-list or on a module-specific forum for
> external modules.


I don't agree with that assesment at all.

I would say you could ask your question on either list and get an equal quality of answer(s). Both lists contain very knowledgable folks who are willing to help.

The python tutor list is mainly for folks who might be new to programming OR folks who have a thinner skin than your average grape and thus need to bespoken to in an /overly/ kind manner. This list is for real world communications and some replies can be acerbic (especially if you want someone to do your homework for you!).

So the moral is:

* If you want good answers that are not likely to offend
your delicate sensibilities, then ask on PyTutor.

* If you want good answers to your questions in a strait-
forward-and-to-the-point-manner (which may include the
occasional "RTFM you idiot!", or "Here, LMGTFY; you lazy
bassturd!") then ask here.



 
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