It will come down to if you like the curators and share their passion for python development.
pythonweekly.com is awesome, but that doesn't mean it can't be improved, and competition doesn't hurt.
A rising tide lifts all boats, and the increase in newsletters is validating them as a viable option for hesitant subscribers.
Right now, I only get the smugness:
"One e-mail each Friday(starting Feb. 17th), easy to unsubscribe, only god knows why you would want to do that."
We are both full time python developers and enthusiasts, if you would like to know more about us, we have provided our twitter accounts at the bottom of the site.
We are just gearing up for our first issue (17th of February), I promise the smugness will be justified.
You have outline some good points, We will take them to heart and improve the site accordingly.
That text would have sold me without a doubt.
here's an example - http://lwn.net/Articles/454574/ - which looks like cameron laird's email to subscribe, but i can't find anything at http://phaseit.net/ to indicate if it's still in operation.
hmm. the latest i can find is aug 25 2011, which is the last one in my mailbox. so i guess it died.
Essentially, if a list is curated well enough, you know you will be able to find things of value on there and I know for me, not having to rummage through my rss feeder has a lot of value.
Its the same reason why I read hacker news, better curation then my rss reader.
If you want to take it one step further sign-up for my Hacker Newsletter (http://www.hackernewsletter.com) ;)
[EDIT: I see the first issue will be the 17th, cool; well maybe add a link to that when it comes out]
We expect there to be archives of the individual issues that you can browse before you signup.
Will you be accepting contributions from readers(May I contribute)?
If so, where could you be contacted(other than twitter(I don't tweet))?