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in reply to What is PerlMonks anyway?

I don't think we need SORW. There are times when you want to ask a non-Perl question, and I have done a few times, because I know it's so related to what a lot of other Perl developers have to deal with. Eg, things to do with Apache, Javascript, HTML rendering, odd quirks of *nix commands. These are things that, although OT, they *are* on topic for a lot of people here and are useful peripheral questions to have answered here.

But there's nothing wrong with posting them in the current system, just as long as you mark it "OT", and don't ask them too often.

I think the Monastery has fuzzy borders, and that's part of its charm. I think we just need to provide a rough guideline for "When is OT OK?".

.02

cLive ;-)

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Re: Re: What is PerlMonks anyway?
by barrd (Abbot) on Oct 01, 2003 at 21:01 UTC
    I think the Monastery has fuzzy borders, and that's part of its charm. I think we just need to provide a rough guideline for "When is OT OK?".
    Here here.. well put, a hot debate succinctly observed, inc other items like Dbs (MySQL, PG, Oracle...), not to mention Java, C, C++, or different OS questions covering M$, Mac, *nix and a host of other related but non 'pure' perl subjects. Lets keep it together people, perl is a part of the whole, people enjoy and have need of a forum to answer peripheral questions related to the larger problem in hand. I think as long as it has some relevance to perl we shouldn't persecute out of hand.