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    Your message for , the Python programming
    language assistance line, has been received and is being delivered.
    This automated response is sent to those of you new to python-help, 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

    The most comprehensive overview of 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 searches, at

    There you'll find comprehensive, easy-to-use searches over the web site and the Python newsgroup -- comp.lang.python, also
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    Finally, when you do consult with the python-helpers, be as clear as
    you can about the problem, including, when relevant, details like:

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    - The hardware platform (available in the Python sys module as
    - Whether you're using `regular' Python or JPython
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    In general, be specific about what was going on connected with the
    problem. The better the info you provide, the more likely the helpers
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    Note that the helpers are volunteers, and often have other work that
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    Note also that python-help occasionally receives verbatim copies of
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    Python is being studied, if you want help with your homework, please
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    is the collection of introductory materials, found via the Help.html
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    Anyway, your message is being delivered to the helpers as this one is
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    For those of you asking questions about python snakes, we cannot help
    you - is about the Python programming language, not the
    snake. Nor do we know about python tape drives - see below for leads
    on them. Many of us *like* the Monty Python comedy troup, but we
    can't tell you much about them, either :)

    For those of you asking for help concerning Python tape drives - is about the Python programming language, and is not
    connected with the tape drives. Check around
    for help - Seagate acquired Conner Peripherals, who had acquired
    Archive Corp., who originally made the Python drives. We have nothing
    to do with the drives or the companies...

    If you are looking for information on how to be a hacker, you should
    start with Eric Raymond's seminal article "How To Become a Hacker" at
    , Jul 6, 2004
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