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Maybe? Maybe Not? :Re: PerlMonks as Ambassadors

by Mission (Hermit)
on Apr 21, 2001 at 15:50 UTC ( #74410=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to PerlMonks as Ambassadors

I understand what everyone is saying. A week ago, I would be responding in an entirely different manner for entirely different reasons. I am (what I consider) a 'Newby.' I posted a node, Newby Query Comment, which asked a similar topical question: 'Shouldn't there be a Newby area.'
The response I got I was not happy with (at the time), since most of the responses were about users not from a *nix background, or not reading the documentation, etc. I didn't initially like the response from davorg, but I kept reading his post Re: Newby Query Comment and it started to make sense. Now I totally agree with him. Because of all of those responses I received, I learned to 'Seek First, Ask Questions Later.' I don't see that as negative (I did at the time.) Actually, I'd rather like to help myself. I can be a fool and write meaningless code in the privacy of my office and not be a fool in the eyes of the entire community. I also replied to voyager's response in that same node. I posted, Another Lightbulb, which I stated, "... I was not aware of perldoc -f." So, I think that herin lies the problem.
Masem, I agree with your post above! As a newby, I didn't know that installing Perl on my system also installed a ton of documentation at the same time. I think a tutorial on how to use that documentation is needed, and where to find the Super Search and other resources. The theme is not to push off the 'Newby', but to give them (including myself) a way to help themselves.
I'd hate to see this community change entirely from Casey West's article. I do think that there could be improvements to show users how to help themselves. What we need is something equivalent to a large road sign stating, "This Way to Newby Orientation and Documentation!"
As I stated in the beginning of this reply, I wouldn't have responded in this manner a week ago. A week ago, I was still struggling with how to look up information. By reading many posts at Perl Monks, I don't have that problem anymore.

- Mission
"Heck I don't know how to do it either, but do you think that's going to stop me?!!"


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