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StackOverflow says no to ChatGPT and the PSF Membership Price Adjustment - Python Community News 2022-12-09

PSF Introduces Sliding Scale Membership starting at $25

submitted by kjaymiller on 2022-12-09T05:27:20Z

The PSF has created a sliding scale to become a PSF Supporting Member. This tier is design to make PSF Membership more accessible to more individuals world-wide.

We welcome you to sign up for a sliding scale Supporting Membership if the standard Supporting Membership rate presents a financial burden to you. The PSF states this is a great option for unemployed/underemployed, students, or those working in a country with lower average incomes than that of the US/Western Europe. While these are examples you will not be asked to justify your selection. Funding goes to supporting Python Communities and Infrastructure.

ChatGPT temporarily banned for StackOverflow answers

submitted by kjaymiller on 2022-12-09T05:06:13Z

Tech answer site Stack Overflow has issued a temporary ban on answered generated using OpenAI's ChatGPT. ChatGPT which interacts in a conversational way is like how one Twitter user put it "just like my 7 year old nephew, who will confidently tell you the answer to any question you ask even if he has no idea what he is talking about." This creates the problem of the most confident yet incorrect answers contributed to the site by the thousands. This potentially erodes the trust in answers on the site. Per the Help Center - "Moderators are empowered (at their discretion) to issue immediate suspensions of up to 30 days to users who are copying and pasting GPT content onto the site, with or without prior notice or warning."

2022 Malcolm Tredinnick Memorial Prize awarded to Paolo Melchiorre

submitted by kjaymiller on 2022-12-07T06:50:02Z

The Django Software Foundation Board has awarded the 2022 Malcolm Tredinnick Memorial Prize has been awarded to Paolo Melchiorre.

Paolo has presented nearly 40 Django talks at various DjangoCon, PyCon, and community conferences both online and in person. He also has been an active contributor to the website since 2017. Paolo also organizes Django Girls workshops and was a translator of the Django documentation into Italian. The Malcolm Tredinnick Memorial Prize is a monetary prize, awarded annually, to the person who best exemplifies the spirit of Malcolm’s work - someone who welcomes, supports, and nurtures newcomers; freely gives feedback and assistance to others, and helps to grow the community.

Steering Council Elections

submitted by kjaymiller on 2022-12-07T06:37:42Z

Ballots have been sent and voting is open for the Python steering council for the python 3.12 cycle. Ballots are sent via Voting Bot to active core team members. Voting will be available through December 14 (anywhere on earth) Candidates must be nominated by a core team member. If the candidate is a core team member, they may nominate themselves. Nominees (in alphabetical order): - Brett Cannon - Emily Morehouse - Dong-hee Na - Pablo Galindo Salgado - Gregory P. Smith - Victor Stinner - Petr Viktorin - Thomas Wouters

Security Patches and Updates to Python 3.11, 3.10, 3.9, 3.8, and 3.7

submitted by kjaymiller on 2022-12-07T06:29:47Z

This update is for 3.11.1, 3.10.9, 3.9.16, 3.8.16, 3.7.16 and the latest 3.12 alpha (3). Another all supported versions update usually means security patches and this one is no different. There are 4 security updates for all of the updated versions and 3 bonus security fixes for the older versions (3.7-3.10). 3.11.1 also features more commits than 3.10.1 did from it's [dot-zero] release.

A whopping 495 new commits since 3.11.0. This is a massive increase of changes comparing to 3.10 at the same stage in the release cycle: there were “only” 339 commits between 3.10.0 and 3.10.1. Python 3.11 was release at the end of October and was praised for its massive performance updates and updates to error handling among many other features.

Conferences and Events

PyCascades Tickets Available Now

submitted by kjaymiller on 2022-12-09T05:38:46Z

PyCon US 2023 - Registration now available

submitted by kjaymiller on 2022-12-09T05:35:06Z

PyCon US Tickets are now available. the first 500 tickets will qualify for early bird registration. You can view ticket information on the conference website.