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Re: A proposal: new section on Perl Monks.

by jdporter (Canon)
on Feb 27, 2006 at 23:10 UTC ( #533194=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to A proposal: new section on Perl Monks.

Other people have tried to address the idea of the new section you propose.
I'd like to address the whole issue of new sections.

Creating a new section is a non-trivial thing. I think the gods would only consider creating a new section if there was a clear, desperate need for one. I suppose, if you were saying "I have a ton of articles that I'd like to write for PerlMonks, and they don't fit in an existing section," they might at least consider whether creating a new section would make sense. In your case, you're saying you want a new section and you want other people to start filling it in. But really, you're the only one in the world who perceives a need for this new section. So I don't think it's going to happen.

I must confess, I'm a little disappointed that you didn't think to search the site for previous discussions of similar subjects... for example, the following, which I found by simply searching for "section" in titles of PM Discussions:

A CPAN related modules section, Careers section?, a proposal for a new section on PerlMonks, RFC: Preaching section on PM, New section for Regex Q's?, RFC: "Best Practices" code review section, Job Posting Section?, New Section: Obfu Art Gallery?, perl6 section on PM, Classifieds section?, New section: Revelations?, Off topic section?, Bookmarks Section, Proposal for new section: Code Improvements, Idea for 'Code wanted section', A bad scripting section for teaching examples?, Special paid section for 'write me a program' posts, New Section: Challenges?, Proposal about game section., Uber-newbie section, New section: Witchcraft, Section for Posting Modules, "Off Topic" Section?, Perl articles section, Off Topic section, Perl 6 section?, Topic Sections Considered Harmful?, A PerlMonks 'Community' section?, New Section Suggestion: Tip of the Day, New sections and move one, New Golf section?, New Section: Announcements, New section/play area for code reviews, Proposal for a new section: System Administration, Possibility of a new CGI/HTML section dealing w/ code style and asthetics, Separated JAPH/Obfuscation sections, New Gathering section?, Monk Project Section, Code Review section, anyone?, Perl Golf - A proposal for a new section of, New Section for PM?, Code Ideas Section, New jobs section, JAPH Section, Sysadmin Help Section,
and lastly proposal for the Clarification Code section, which is very similar to your proposal.

In reading these, you'd discover one interesting fact: even when suggestions for new/changed sections get a favorable concensus from the general monkulace, it still doesn't result in the change being enacted. I think you'd need to have not only a very strong case, but a huge groundswell of popular support and substantial buy-in from the site powers-that-be to get a section change proposal pushed through to reality.

We're building the house of the future together.
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