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Read Only Perlmonks

by Anonymous Monk
on Jan 07, 2010 at 00:38 UTC ( #816010=monkdiscuss: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

Do we have read-only Perlmonks? Perhaps it would be much faster and useful version of Perlmonks in addition to current site.

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Re: Read Only Perlmonks
by ww (Bishop) on Jan 07, 2010 at 01:53 UTC

    Interesting idea! But not necessarily one that anyone will put on the front burner, as many other pots are already bubblin ^H^H^H^H^H^H^ in danger of boiling dry.

    OTOH, if you volunteering to help, you should get a login, and /msg the gods with your offer to assist.

    Actually, the willingness of the Reverend Brothers & Sisters to provide an "assist" to the many who pose questions here is a major reason the site is such a resource.

    And that's another reason why I would not favor the idea. Sure, we have our lurkers and annonymonks who mostly read and rarely offer an idea; an answer; or a noteworthy observation, but that's not the spirit of the place, nor one that helps keep it "worth reading."

    So, even if you're not offering to work on a project, register anyway (and start collecting XP. Offer open only on planets with a vowel in their names. Not valid where prohibited by law). You'll be warmly welcomed.

    Update: BTW, it was painfully slow posting this, despite major improvements over the past year.

Re: Read Only Perlmonks
by CardinalNumber (Prior) on Jan 07, 2010 at 03:02 UTC

    Well, prlmnks.org would qualify as a read-only mirror. ...if it were kept up-to-date.

    I don't know why the site stopped archiving nodes in 2006 but the owner's contact info is at the bottom of every page.

    Edit: Seems, the site is owned by EvdB who hasn't been here since late 2008.

Re: Read Only Perlmonks
by CountZero (Bishop) on Jan 07, 2010 at 07:00 UTC
    I am not sure it would be faster and I am quite sure it would be less useful.

    CountZero

    A program should be light and agile, its subroutines connected like a string of pearls. The spirit and intent of the program should be retained throughout. There should be neither too little or too much, neither needless loops nor useless variables, neither lack of structure nor overwhelming rigidity." - The Tao of Programming, 4.1 - Geoffrey James

      "I am not sure it would be faster and I am quite sure it would be less useful."

      CountZero why do you say that?

      I would have thought that being read only would speed it up in itself.

        As the server will have to dynamically render each page anyhow (barring any cache-ing issues -- and those will be the same for a read/write as for a read-only site), adding the few links which allow you to go to a page where you can enter your comments, would not really make a difference.

        The speed (or perceived lack of it) has nothing to do with the fact that we can write comments.

        If you never write a comment, you will not experience any delays in your comments being accepted, but the rendering of the pages will be as "fast" (not faster) as for anyone.

        Now if there was a separate server that only serves pages to those who are not interested to make comments, there is a chance that it might be faster, but only due to the fact that that server would be less used and thus the load on the server --by definition-- will be less. But if you are adding another server anyhow, why not make it a full read/write site also? If you divide the load over more servers, you get better response in any case.

        CountZero

        A program should be light and agile, its subroutines connected like a string of pearls. The spirit and intent of the program should be retained throughout. There should be neither too little or too much, neither needless loops nor useless variables, neither lack of structure nor overwhelming rigidity." - The Tao of Programming, 4.1 - Geoffrey James

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