In the survey I took today there was no choice for Python under "Which technologies do you use...". I see 16,028 Python tagged questions on SO currently and only 6,556 Ruby tagged questions and Ruby is on the list, so why wouldn't they include Python when it's three times as important to the site's traffic, according to the audience?

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[subjective] is currently at 6190. You're not saying tag count equates to an indication of its importance to the site are you? –  random Jan 10 '10 at 7:46
    
yeah, I'm pretty sure that if more people talk about thing A than thing B, than thing A is more important than thing B. I'm also saying that the entire scientific comunity uses Python, including NASA, so maybe SO cares about Python. –  orokusaki Jan 23 '10 at 6:56
    
langpop.com is one site which gives fairly neutral objective numbers on language popularity as measured by multiple verifiable real-world metrics. –  smci Jul 5 '11 at 7:31
    
@smci - thanks, that's interesting. –  orokusaki Jul 5 '11 at 18:04
    
...and as of 4/2011 it shows that Python was ~40% more widespread than Ruby on most metrics. –  smci Jul 5 '11 at 19:05
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We can certainly look at the activity per tag, but we're more interested in how this correlates with the technologies in the survey.

To expand on Æther's answer, there is little (if any) interest in Python from an advertising perspective. Plus, there don't seem to be too many commercial products available.

As for Ruby/Rails.. for whatever reason *cough*fad*cough*, it's pretty hot and there's a lot of interest from advertisers.

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Rails was hot until Twitter canned it because Ruby is so slow and Rails doesn't scale well. –  orokusaki Jan 23 '10 at 7:02
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Perhaps SO's advertising clients don't care as much about Python as Ruby.

There is an "other" section though:

Please list any additional technologies you actively use: _________

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Right. Clearly my question was important enough to receive 10 up votes. –  orokusaki Jan 23 '10 at 7:01
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