@weaverbel did you want to chat about South Africa sometime?
Anelda van der Walt
@cmacdonell we'll probably have a discussion about the SA LC workshop the week after next. I have to set a date. Would you like to join us? @weaverbel thanks for your email and apologies for not responding. Will set up new dates tomorrow my time.
@anelda Happy to!
Hi @cmacdonell I do. Last week just a disaster though as I caught a very bad cold plus I was finishing up at my old job. Teaching Mon Tue this week and then I can finally do some talking.
@anelda I have been too sick to plan anything but my next sneeze. And that didn't work out too well. Finally on the mend now 😀
Hey @ostephens Your instructor certificate should be winging its way to you shortly. Yee ha
@jt14den Thanks for the Zoom offer. We'll see how we go with free account - 40 min max chat might actually be a good thing!
@/all I now think we should use this one for social and chit chat since people already know it and it is kinda embedded in all sorts of places and use the other new ones for serious work. So maybe delete the new 'social'? Or not?
@weaverbel sounds sensible to me
@weaverbel Can we pin a post in to this chat room or add a "this is what is it for" header to the page?
Thanks for the comments @timtomch and sorry for the slow response. I'm not sure to what extent Portia has improved. Its interface is not as smooth as other visual scrapers (like import.io, yes, @richyvk), and feels like it has been engineered to align with scrapy rather than ux-oriented development practice. Its advantage is that it's open source and can be translated to scrapy. Launching it (if not using the paid, hosted version) requires launching a docker which is easy for someone with tech background but has some technical overhead for others.
@richyvk: Does xpath make you shudder because you had some prior familiarity with CSS? Because it's more tightly tied to the document's tree structure? Because slashes are less friendly than spaces? Some other reason? I'm curious
Seems the /topic slash command no longer works :(
Scratch that, I think only @weaverbel have permissions :)
Thanks @weaverbel for the additional suggestions. I'll get in contact via e-mail.
@weaverbel@drjwbaker@jezcope I say go with all gitter rooms on the one account, so ditch this one and use the new lobby. I know people now about this room, but you can leave a message to use the other one frequently. Best thing is a clean swap if it's going to happen.
@richyvk see you in 15 min
Think I agree with @richyvk - if we are going to have several LC rooms, better to have them all work and be managed in the same way
The case for is: this place is too small for us now as we are loosing the threads of many discussions, in particular those of new people saying hi (which can get swamped by other good natter); we get a natural filter point that feeds more obviously into raising issues against lessons
The case against is: stability; it takes some work to unpick all the links; sentimentality
Your opinions are appreciated (we'll obviously wait for people in various timezones to have a say before we take an action)