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New Gathering section?

by KM (Priest)
on Jan 09, 2001 at 23:55 UTC ( #50754=monkdiscuss: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

I was responding to this and thought it may be useful (or nice) to have a 'Gatherings' section so these posts would be on-topic. I am sure there are monks living around eachother who don't know it, and this could help facilitate meetings. I would suggest setting it up like the Code sections where there are sub-sections (in this case, they would be states, territories, provinces, or whatever else). Just a thought. Or, even a place where you could find other monks who live in your general area.

Cheers,
KM

Comment on New Gathering section?
Re: New Gathering section?
by davorg (Chancellor) on Jan 10, 2001 at 00:09 UTC
      Well, no. PerlMongers is meant to advocate Perl, and assist local Perl User groups. PerlMongers does nothing for the guy in Fooville, and the guy in Barstown, which are 3 miles apart, and get them together unless there happens to be a PM group there. And, from experience, getting a PM group going is a PITA. If in this proposed section PerlMonger groups want to post meeting times/place, great.. if someone from Fooville wants to find others on PerlMonks who are around Fooville, this would be an appropriate section for them to do so.

      So, to answer you question.. No. Do you have any good reasons why this type of section isn't a good idea? Because local newspapers have Personal sections? A website, meant to promote a community feel, somehow isn't a good place to foster people getting together? Everyone should use PerlMongers to meet other Perl hackers in their area?

      Cheers,
      KM

        This does not only apply to people in isolated places. For instance despite living in a large city with an active PM section, I am not part of PM.

        Why not?

        Because they hold meetings in a part of the city that is inconvenient for me to get to, typically at places I don't enjoy being, at times when it is inconvenient for me to go there. (I don't drink or smoke and I have asthma. Care to guess how interested I generally am in going to bars?) When interesting stuff rolls through town I often will show up, but since I have not gotten to know people in the local PM section, I am not that interested in meeting them.

        However in a bit under a month the LinuxWorld Expo will be coming to town. I expect that to bring some people from PerlMonks. Since I actually know people here, I would be interested in knowing where and when meetings will take place.

        Sorry, I didn't mean to sound so terse.

        You are, of course, absolutely right. There's no reason why people should use postings here to meet with each other. Hey, perhaps if a large enough group find they're working close together then it could form into a new Perl Mongers group.

        --
        <http://www.dave.org.uk>

        "Perl makes the fun jobs fun
        and the boring jobs bearable" - me

        I'll just point out that Perl Monger groups don't have to be geographically focused. (Ref: AOL.pm and MarsNeedsWomen.pm) Perhaps there should be a PerlMonks.pm? (Or PM.pm for short.) :)
Re: New Gathering section?
by OeufMayo (Curate) on Jan 10, 2001 at 00:35 UTC

    And you have jcwren's stats page providing a 'Monk Map' for you to see how far you are from other monks. (see the help section from his site to know how to setup you map infos)

    <kbd>--
    PerlMonger::Paris(http => 'paris.pm.org');</kbd>
      I have only played with that a little.. but if it can (or could be made to) find all Monks withing X miles of you, that would be helpful. From a quick glance, you have to be pretty good at judging lat and long differences to determine how far someone is :) But yes, this is the type of thing I think could be useful in this section.

      Cheers,
      KM

        Actually, this feature is implemented, you go to the Monks Map section, set yourself as "Monk of origin" and sort the list by 'Distance closest'. I know now that davorg is the closest monk from where I live.

        Okay, he lives 204 miles from my home, quite a walk to have a beer. I'll stick with the paris.pm guys for now!

        <kbd>--
        PerlMonger::Paris(http => 'paris.pm.org');</kbd>
PerlMonks Perl Monger Group (was:Re: New Gathering section?)
by KM (Priest) on Mar 27, 2001 at 21:40 UTC
    Based on this discussion I have 'started' Perlmonks.pm. I won't be doing a website for it (since this *is* the website), but have a mailing list for people who want to be a part of Perlmonks.pm.

    To subscribe, send an email to majordomo(at)hfb.pm.org with the message body "subscribe perlmonks-pm". The posting address should be mailed to you when you subscribe.

    Cheers,
    KM

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