Hmm, that said, that's still exactly what I find on the official Python site (e.g. http://docs.python.org/library/stdtypes.html#string-methods - PHP beats this by lightyears with a single page with examples and comments per function). Which 3rd party thing should I be looking for? (genuinely interested btw - the docs is one thing i dislike about python, and maybe unrightfully so, apparently)
1. Please explain why you need more explanation of these very basic functions
2. PHP's doc comments are unadulterated garbage
3. When things are worth documenting, they are: http://docs.python.org/py3k/library/collections.html
4. if you truly think string methods are insufficiently documented, it is very easy to contribute to the documentation.
The REASON PHP needs a page per function is the sheer number of poorly handled edge cases, version incompatibilities, and gotchas.