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Welcome to the Monastery! Make yourself at home.

by newrisedesigns (Curate)
on Jun 20, 2002 at 15:58 UTC ( #176063=perltutorial: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

Tradução em Português

Welcome to the Monastery. We are glad you have come to join us. The monastery is spacious, and there is plenty of room for study, conversation, and fun. We hope that you stay for a while, it's always good to see guests become full-time inhabitants.

The Beginning

If you don't know your way around here yet, allow me to show you some of the basics.

First of all, there's the Monastery Gates where you can browse the articles of the day. To find an area that intrests you, I suggest heading down the hall to Cool Uses for Perl to see some interesting applications of the Language, Obfuscation and Poetry to test the mind, Seekers of Perl Wisdom to pose a question about Perl (or provide an answer) and Meditations and Perl Monks Discussion to converse with others about your trade and your time at the Monastery.

Each of these articles and each reply to an article is called a node. These nodes are what makes up Perl Monks. Your very own section of the Monestary is your home node. The items to the rightmost are nodelets, which provide more information about Perl Monks. The Chatterbox and Other Users are for interacting with others on the site. You can use the chatterbox to ask quick questions or just shoot the breeze with fellow monks.

You may have noticed your name in lights at the top of every page. By clicking this, it will bring you to your home node. This is your home away from home, where you can post information about yourself or modify your settings for Perl Monks. As a first task, I suggest turning of JavaScript for home nodes. You can do this through your user settings at the bottom of your home node.

Many of the other Monks on this website have very interesting home nodes, which are filled with information about Perl Monks, stats, and other information that might interest you. Here's just a few home nodes known for an abundance of information (in random order and not nearly complete):

You can find someone's home node by clicking on their name in the chatterbox, or above a node they have authored.

Living Here

In order to get the most out of Perl Monks, I suggest taking a tour around the Monastery. There are great ideas out there, but it's your job to find them (Super Search will help, sometimes.)

Allow me to give you a few starting points for getting used to the Monastery.

  1. If you have questions, take a look in the Site FAQ or take a look at turnstep's home node.
  2. Use the Chatterbox.
  3. Take a look at Perl Monks' longest running joke.
  4. Read about the Schwartzian Transform.
  5. Be friendly to your fellow monks.
  6. See what people are saying about the Monastery itself.
  7. Check out Fame, Fortune, ChicksStuds, and XP!,
  8. Read Newest Nodes frequently, and get yourself involved in discussion.
  9. If you have some spare change, drop it on the Offering Plate.

Getting Help

If you need some quick help with a problem in your code, try asking it in the chatterbox, first. Don't forget the <code> tags if you post some snippets. If your question is complicated or has a lot of code to go with it, sumbit a question to Seekers of Perl Wisdom. The monks will answer your question as best as they can.

Remember, if you'd like some help, ask for it! Feel free to send a private message in the chatterbox to me if you really need some help getting used to the Monastery.

Enjoy your stay at the Monastery, and if you bump into NodeReaper, don't forget to say "Hello."

Comment on Welcome to the Monastery! Make yourself at home.
Re: Welcome to the Monastery! Make yourself at home.
by Marza (Vicar) on Jun 20, 2002 at 19:05 UTC

    A great intro! ++

    As to enforce the need for code tags, why not have a before an after example to they can see what happens?

    What about a "small" entry about the voting as that seems to come up from time to time

    Say hi to NodeReaper??? You trying to scare them off? ;P

Re: Welcome to the Monastery! Make yourself at home.
by atcroft (Monsignor) on Jun 21, 2002 at 14:58 UTC

    Very, very well done, in my humble opinion. I found it very informative even after having been here for a little over a year. Sometimes, you just wish you could ++ a node more than once, and I found this to be one of those times.

    The admonition about it being their job to mine for the great ideas that can be found in here was right on. I also enjoyed your "starting points for getting used to" being here, especially #5. Perhaps that's something that should be mentioned more often.

    Your offer of help to those who might be having a problem was very generous, and it is a spirit of generousity that I see time and time again here-one of the reasons I found myself returning so frequently after I first found my way here.

    As to Marza's surprise about your advice to say hello to NodeReaper sometimes, I thought of the quote (the source of which I sadly do not know), "that which does not kill us, makes us stranger." But then again, in this community, I have yet to see anyone remain a stranger for long (unless they chose to).

      Forgive a newbie for commenting but... The original quote was Frederick Nietzsche, "That which does not kill us makes us *stronger*, the stranger part is either a rather amusing misqoute the authorship of which could probably be legitimately claimed by numerous individuals (including myself, whilst drunk;-)) or it is a typo. Yours pedantically Plotinus
Re: Welcome to the Monastery! Make yourself at home.
by atlbrian75 (Initiate) on Jun 23, 2002 at 10:45 UTC
    What a nice introduction! Thank you for providing a concise list of some of the Perl Monk resources for newbies (and people who have been here for a while).
Re: Welcome to the Monastery! Make yourself at home.
by mrpilot (Curate) on Jan 29, 2003 at 00:17 UTC
    Heh. What a nice introduction. :-P
    Lol at the paco joke.

    MrP
Re: Welcome to the Monastery! Make yourself at home.
by zemote (Scribe) on Feb 19, 2003 at 08:40 UTC
    Very good intro to the Monestary. I have been dabling in perl here and there over the last year but have not dove very deeply into it. I am making it my priority to become proficient in perl. Well, I hope to be able to contribute as much as I can being a newbie and all while learning something along the way. Hello NodeReaper, be kind :) zemote

      zemote++ for looking up and reading the introduction documentation. It's good to see someone who looks around a bit before jumping in. Now it's time to jump in! lol. Anyhow, ++ for knowing about NodeReaper. You either have to treat him nice, or your name has to be rozallin. heh


      If the above content is missing any vital points or you feel that any of the information is misleading, incorrect or irrelevant, please feel free to downvote the post. At the same time, reply to this node or /msg me to tell me what is wrong with the post, so that I may update the node to the best of my ability. If you do not inform me as to why the post deserved a downvote, your vote does not have any significance and will be disregarded.

Re: Welcome to the Monastery! Make yourself at home.
by TVSET (Chaplain) on Apr 20, 2003 at 21:21 UTC
    Good node. If it typos matter here, then:

    $last_line = 'Enjoy your say at the Monastery, and if you bump into No +deReaper, don\'t forget to say "Hello."'. $last_line = s/say/stay/;

    ...otherwise ignore :)

    perl -e 'print "-- \n Leonid Mamtchenkov\n"'

      Hi, standard procedure is to just send a /msg (through the chatterbox) to the user to correct typos. No harm done either way though :)

Re: Welcome to the Monastery! Make yourself at home.
by DarkClaw (Acolyte) on Aug 09, 2003 at 04:19 UTC
    That's an excellent welcome. I actually am new, and your introduction was complete and open. Thanks! Loved the link to the paco story!
Re: Welcome to the Monastery! Make yourself at home.
by richie23 (Initiate) on Oct 28, 2003 at 18:04 UTC
    Gimme perl perl perl!! Nice intro.
      I love perl.
Re: Welcome to the Monastery! Make yourself at home.
by Anonymous Monk on Mar 21, 2004 at 22:25 UTC
    "As a first task, I suggest turning of JavaScript for home nodes"

    "turning off"?
Re: Welcome to the Monastery! Make yourself at home.
by wolfi (Scribe) on Mar 31, 2004 at 13:29 UTC

    a very good introduction (!)

    i'd even go so far to say, that newbies be directed to this after opening an account - instead of the standard screen. (Since i just came across it after bein' here a month - but i get lost easily *wink*.) Would help ease the confusion of being new and saving people from making the same mistakes, i should think.

    anyways, nicely done. :-)

Re: Welcome to the Monastery! Make yourself at home.
by lvanhout (Curate) on Jun 13, 2004 at 00:45 UTC
    My first post here, just to ditto the typo post.
    (of -> off)

    "You may have noticed your name in lights at the top of every page. By clicking this, it will bring you to your home node. This is your home away from home, where you can post information about yourself or modify your settings for Perl Monks. As a first task, I suggest turning off JavaScript for home nodes. You can do this through your user settings at the bottom of your home node."
Re: Welcome to the Monastery! Make yourself at home.
by Anonymous Monk on Feb 14, 2005 at 08:01 UTC
    s/Monestary/Monastery/g
Re: Welcome to the Monastery! Make yourself at home.
by tohder (Initiate) on Dec 07, 2006 at 06:39 UTC
    This Place is cool! Got to know more monks!
Re: Welcome to the Monastery! Make yourself at home.
by rovf (Priest) on May 28, 2008 at 14:10 UTC
    Excellent intro! I just miss some explanation why I would *want* to turn off the JavaScript features for my home node, as it is recommended in the tutorial...
    -- 
    Ronald Fischer <ynnor@mm.st>

      It isn't your homenode that you should be worried about. My homenode could easily contain javascript to steal your PM password (or any number of other things). And I might fool you into visiting it.

      Fairly recently we changed the defaults such that most foreign javascript doesn't work (by default). See Tidings.

      - tye        

        Thanks for clarification!
        -- 
        Ronald Fischer <ynnor@mm.st>
Re: Welcome to the Monastery! Make yourself at home.
by goldenblue (Initiate) on Oct 02, 2013 at 15:06 UTC

    It's a very nice welcome, thank you very much!

    I am looking forward to interesting exchange on this site and of course to checking out the links provided.

    so, see you around!

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