Author terry.reedy
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Date 2014-01-17.00:59:11
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>>> object.__doc__
'The most base type'

Since 'most base' can be interpreted as 'least desireable', several people on Python list (2013 Dec, "interactive help on the base object") agree that this should be improved. Even is 'most base' is interpreted as a value-free 'bottommost', there is the direction issue. Whether the root of a tree or DAG is at top or bottom or side depends on how the graph is drawn. I suggest

"The superclass for all Python classes."

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>>> help(object)
Help on class object in module builtins:

class object
 |  The most base type
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I think help(object) should display the methods defined on the object class just as it does on all the other classes. The apparent problem is that help(subclass) supresses the object methods, but it should not for object itself.
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