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I visit PM primarily to...

by kwaping (Priest)
on Oct 12, 2005 at 22:48 UTC ( #499711=poll: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

vote on I visit PM primarily to...

Get help
[bar] 105/19%
Help others
[bar] 39/7%
Socialize
[bar] 27/5%
Lurk
[bar] 97/17%
Get inspired
[bar] 125/22%
Pretend like I'm working
[bar] 84/15%
Gain XP
[bar] 48/9%
Check on Paco
[bar] 19/3%
Vote on polls
[bar] 12/2%
Comment on polls
[bar] 4/1%
560 total votes
Comment on I visit PM primarily to...
Re: I visit PM primarily to...
by Hue-Bond (Priest) on Oct 12, 2005 at 22:57 UTC

    I'd get help here if google didn't exist =), so what I do here keeps reduced to lurking, voting and filling my home node with links to interesting posts.

    --
    David Serrano

Re: I visit PM primarily to...
by Nkuvu (Priest) on Oct 12, 2005 at 23:46 UTC
    Well technically I'm not pretending like I am working. I am avoiding work. But that option is close enough, I suppose.
Re: I visit PM primarily to...
by kwaping (Priest) on Oct 13, 2005 at 04:56 UTC
    Woohoo!! That's my poll! :D
Re: I visit PM primarily to...
by Moriarty (Abbot) on Oct 13, 2005 at 05:05 UTC

    Well, I originally came here to learn Perl, but now-a-days I come here to socialize, avoid work, and to find help in tracking down my lost inspiration.

Re: I visit PM primarily to...
by mulander (Monk) on Oct 13, 2005 at 06:29 UTC
    Perlmonks is a great place for a burned out soul to get new inspiration, it is also the last bastion of help when perldoc and google fails.
    But I am always trying to help if I can, as other monks never failed me when I was in need of assistance.
    Thank you Perlmonks.org, thank you Monks, as this is the best society that I had the chance to be a part of.
Re: I visit PM primarily to...
by TedPride (Priest) on Oct 13, 2005 at 06:45 UTC
    To be honest, my primary motivation for coming here is to see if I can code the most efficient solution for each posted problem. It's more like competition than helping people, though competition isn't one of the choices.
Re: I visit PM primarily to...
by marto (Chancellor) on Oct 13, 2005 at 08:16 UTC
    No options for make tea? Tell bad jokes?
    'Help others' / 'Get inspired' I think suits me best, due to the lack of the options above :)

    Martin
Re: I visit PM primarily to...
by McDarren (Abbot) on Oct 13, 2005 at 09:09 UTC
    The first time I ever came to Perl Monks (only a few months ago) - it was to seek help. And I'm sure that's the way it is for many people. I've quickly learned that Perl Monks is much much more than simply a place to get Perl help.

    One thing that I love to do when I have some spare time is to just pick a randomnode and then start following links and see where it takes me. Some amazing gems are hidden in the PM "tombs" just waiting to be found ;)

      One thing that I love to do when I have some spare time is to just pick a randomnode and then start following links and see where it takes me.

      That would be the "Pretend like I'm working" option :-)

      --
      Murray Barton
      Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought. -Basho

Re: I visit PM primarily to...
by rinceWind (Monsignor) on Oct 13, 2005 at 10:23 UTC

    Help Others definitely

    That's certainly what I spend the majority of my time doing on PM. It keeps the grey cells ticking over when I'm not being stimulated at work.

    Helping others makes me feel good - that I am doing something useful in the world. I'm probably accruing a big pot of virtual karma; it does mean that I have little hesitation posting my questions here when I do need to know something, or share and discuss my insights in meditations (though I tend to use my use.perl journal for insights that don't warrant discussion).

    Helping others is a strong function of on-line communities, well certainly the more useful ones. I think this is the concept that makes this website unique. Colleagues are often amazed about how quickly I get responses to questions posted here, especially compared with third party software vendors.

    --

    Oh Lord, won’t you burn me a Knoppix CD ?
    My friends all rate Windows, I must disagree.
    Your powers of persuasion will set them all free,
    So oh Lord, won’t you burn me a Knoppix CD ?
    (Missquoting Janis Joplin)

Re: I visit PM primarily to...
by tbone1 (Monsignor) on Oct 13, 2005 at 13:32 UTC
    I'm here to meet chicks. Truckloads of chicks.

    --
    tbone1, YAPS (Yet Another Perl Schlub)
    And remember, if he succeeds, so what.
    - Chick McGee

Re: I visit PM primarily to...
by 5mi11er (Deacon) on Oct 13, 2005 at 16:38 UTC
    This should have been a multiple choice poll (able to vote on more than one option). Those that best describe my motivations, in rough order are
    1. Help Others
    2. Socialize
    3. Get inspired
    4. Pretend like I'm working
    -Scott
      "Primarily" implies a single choice. And just because you vote on one option doesn't mean that the others are not reasons you visit PM.
Re: I visit PM primarily to...
by SirBones (Friar) on Oct 13, 2005 at 17:25 UTC
    Meet women. Hey, it's possible.

    "This bounty hunter is my kind of scum: Fearless and inventive." --J.T. Hutt
      Meet MEN. That's what one is left with when one has already hoarded them by the truckloads and another merely dreams....
Re: I visit PM primarily to...
by rcseege (Pilgrim) on Oct 13, 2005 at 19:10 UTC

    I originally visited because one or two folks sent Module bug reports that were nothing more than a subject line, and a link to a Perlmonks node. I was initially annoyed at this, but while I was here, I happened to see a few other nodes that interested me. Helping others is a big hook, but being able to quickly see what they are trying to do and what they find interesting is equally attractive.

    Rob
Re: I visit PM primarily to...
by gube (Parson) on Oct 14, 2005 at 10:41 UTC
    I used oftenly PM to
    1. Get inspired
    2. Get help
    3. Help others
    4. Socialize
    5. Gain XP

    Regards
    s,,aaagzas3uzttazs444ss12b3a222aaaamkyae,s,,y,azst1-4mky,,d&&print

Re: I visit PM primarily to...
by Jonathan (Curate) on Oct 14, 2005 at 13:24 UTC
    'Help others'

    Without trying to sound too pious, I'd like to give something back considering how much this site helped me when I first started Perl coding 6 years ago. The problem is that 99 times out of a 100 some camper has posted an answer while I'm still thinking 'Oh, I know this one'. Doh! This site is too good.

Re: I visit PM primarily to...
by maard (Pilgrim) on Oct 14, 2005 at 16:54 UTC
    Lurking
    It's all about lurking: walking here and there, seeng at corners, getting some new solutions, studying smth new I didn't know before. Eventually answering questions I feel ability to give reasonable answers to. And spending time here when I'm tired of work, to get new ideas, to go on working with new thoughts inspired by PM, and so on ever and ever again... Sometimes with no particular reason, just to spend time and maybe find smth interesting... It's al about lurking.
Re: I visit PM primarily to...
by blue_cowdawg (Prior) on Oct 16, 2005 at 19:22 UTC

    All the above. Especially check on Paco.

    . o O ( Who the hell is Paco anyway? )

    I've found most definitely that how much I am here in PM is inversely proportional to how intellectually engaged I am with work. Not a measure of how busy I am, but how much what I'm doing at work is mentally challenging me.

    As far as socializing goes, I definitely have my list of monks that I like checking in with and that one day I'd like to meet. The only monk I've met in person (and is he really considered a monk?) is The Damian.

    CB provides me a diet of interesting talk ranging from joke telling and being silly to some real debate about social and other issues. And oh yeah... a source of instant advice about technical issues. Not always technical issues revolving around Perl either.

    I think the PM community is by far the most cohesive one that I've seen in (I almost have begun to hate using this term!) Cyberspace. Signal to noise ratio is better here than any other "forum" I know of.


    Peter L. Berghold -- Unix Professional
    Peter -at- Berghold -dot- Net; AOL IM redcowdawg Yahoo IM: blue_cowdawg
      how much I am here in PM is inversely proportional to how intellectually engaged I am with work.

      I was telling a co-worker about some of the stuff I had been doing ouside of work. He said "where do you find the energy to program?"

      Me: "what do you mean?"
      Him: "you program all day at work. how do you get the drive to do it after work?"
      Me: "i don't program at work. well okay, I write code. but it's not programming."

      I switched companies since then and I've been so busy that I haven't been around the monastary as often as before.
Re: I visit PM primarily to...
by DrHyde (Prior) on Oct 18, 2005 at 09:33 UTC
    Where's "rip idiots new arseholes when they haven't bothered to RTFM"?
Re: I visit PM primarily to...
by ccarden (Monk) on Oct 18, 2005 at 15:42 UTC
    Pick up jokes. Truckloads of jokes.
      Pickup-truck-loads of jokes?

      --DrWhy

      "If God had meant for us to think for ourselves he would have given us brains. Oh, wait..."

Re: I visit PM primarily to...
by defyance (Curate) on Oct 19, 2005 at 19:32 UTC
    To post once a year.... /me looks at the date of his last post...

    Oh well, I'm a little late...

    --
    A conclusion is simply the place where someone got tired of thinking. -- Arthur Block

Re: I visit PM primarily to...
by calin (Deacon) on Oct 20, 2005 at 06:39 UTC

    I guess "Pretend like I'm working" is the closest match. I also come here to help others ... hang themselves. You know, give'em enough rope. There's always more than one way to do it.

Re: I visit PM primarily to...
by ErichTheRead (Initiate) on Oct 21, 2005 at 20:24 UTC
    I became aware of perlmonks due to a nifty bumbersticker that I picked up at LinuxWorld in 2000. The rest is (a lot of) history.
Re: I visit PM primarily to...
by arc_of_descent (Hermit) on Oct 23, 2005 at 07:53 UTC

    Definitely to get inspired, but mostly to get some motivation. (They are different, right?)


    --
    Rohan

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