On 9 August 2017 at 17:14, Steve D'Aprano <steve+pyt...@pearwood.info> wrote:
> On Wed, 9 Aug 2017 07:12 pm, Chris Warrick wrote:
>> So, I started by writing my opinion of those recommendations, and that
>> the “community” is very small (<1k Twitter followers, 2.7k Facebook
>> likes). But then I went to the “About Us” page, and found your name
>> and your profile picture there. Native advertising is evil and rude.
>> You made it sound as if you were an user, genuinely looking for help
>> in learning Python. But in reality, you just want people to visit your
>> website, get ad revenue and potentially get people to join your
>> Shame on you.
> Why is this shameful? Why shouldn't people make money from their Python
> expertise, if they can? Do you oppose people who get paid to program in
> If you're opposed to advertising, use an ad blocker, or just avoid the site.
> So long as the website isn't *exploitative* (ripping off other people's
> without providing any added value) there is nothing wrong with promoting it
> here. It is on-topic, and if it provides some added value (not just a link
> farm), doesn't serve malware, then let it compete for eyeballs and hearts and
> minds on its merits.
I’m not opposed to advertising on websites, or to paying for
expertise. I am opposed to the way the original post was phrased — it
was a textbook case of native advertising.
Wikipedia says: “Native advertising is a type of advertising, mostly
online, that matches the form and function of the platform upon which
it appears.” (from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_advertising )
The original poster sent a message that looked like a genuine call for
help by someone looking to learn Python. They somehow found the
list and want our opinion on it. But that wasn’t the posters real
motive: the motive was to get people to use their website. And this is
Compare the second revision (with [Repost] in the Subject line) — that
one has clear information regarding the poster and their intentions,
and it’s perfectly fine in my book. The damage was already done
 As long as said advertising is not user-hostile.
 It appears as the 10th hit in Google for “python tutorials” over here.
Chris Warrick <https://chriswarrick.com/>