This is a general question not about perl.
Can we have a categorization of questions like beginners, intermediate or expert? I think it would be like following:
Whenever someone asks a question he chooses a category. Because a person, who is asking, knows about himself that he is at beginner or intermediate or expert level. Thus we have a categorization. I think it would be helpful. And we can have a list of topics for each category automatically.
We all know that posts sometimes accidentally get sent from Anonymous Monk because the user's session got logged off. But presumably we still know what IP-address it came from, and that these are likely to be fairly-unique. How about a feature that lets you reclaim an anonymous post that came from your IP? One positive experience-point would be deducted, total not less than zero, so that you could not upvote a post (to find out what the XP count is), then adopt it to promote yourself to the papacy.
Lately, I am seeing a lot of technical comments ... and even entire threads ... which are being made by Anonymous Monk. These are not particularly negative comments. These are not people dodging (or firing ...) the downvote-bullet to protect their precious-to-them reputations. No, nothing “snarky” at all. They are technical comments, and good ones, therefore by-the-way quite worthy of upvotes. In one case today, Anonymous is heard saying, “if you remember my previous post [on the subject].” Problem: how easy is it going to be to find that particular post, and, having found it, to know that it’s the one referred to? Now fast-forward six months ... a year ... the post is long forgot, but an intrepid soul with a problem is doing a Super Search. Can he find your exact comment, quickly, now?
Oops, you see that you made an error. Can you go back and fix it now? Nope! Not good: now, and forevermore, the PM database contains an error, or at least, unfinished business. The post belongs to no-one now. From an information-quality standpoint, that’s not good.
I think that we should strongly encourage people to log in when they post comments. (I have said, before, that I actually don’t like the idea of Anonymous at all ...) But here’s the main reason for my suggestion: if I know who you are, I can search for you. I can find your other posts, probably without trolling through dozens of pages. I can use your name as part of the Super Search criteria. All of which cannot be so-effectively done in the case of our Anonymous brother.
We always need to keep in mind, not just the present, but the future.
More than its dubious value as a social gathering-place for geeks, PM is very much an information resource of very durable, long-lasting value. People do look for information that is months or years old, and find it just as valuable as when it was written, if they can find it and identify it. Therefore, sign your name to your posts. It really isn’t a petty-game of pluses and minuses ... rather, it is something that I think adds real value to your posts when you include it; and removes much of that value when you don’t.
Another, related suggestion would be to emphasize the value of weaving searchable keywords into post responses, especially if the original thread or its title did not include relevant terms. And, to be sure that posts represent complete thoughts, to include not only our suggestions but the context/assumptions in which they are made. Searches consider individual posts, not merely threads. The searcher will encounter the post before s/he encounters its thread context. Therefore, make every post count. Once again, we are pandering to our intrepid Super Searcher from the Future, and in so doing, helping PM to continue to be: “the Go-To Site on the Internet™” for questions regarding Perl and technical computing.
After the controversy of my last post, I thought I'd post this in a spirit of reconciliation. I've also switched my spell-check back to English which might help.
Update 1 for tables, menu and other cool stuff.
Update 2There seem to be some integration problems between tinyMCE and PM. TinyMCE posts as a wholeblock. I'm looking into it. - OK now.
Update 3. Needs some experimentation to get used to.
Update 4. White space and formatting issues fixed (Thanks anon).
I understand that Perl Monks is a monastery and that we all regularly meditate, fast and pray to the great Perl god through his divine representative here on Earth, the prophet Larry, may his name be for ever hallowed. We dine off olive stones and we desk-check our code before typing it onto punch cards.
I recently heard about a new religion that is doing the rounds with young people (hippies I think they are called) they have these things called Smartphones (a bit like a portable 3270 vdu), and they use a different monastery to us, called Facebook. It sounded threatening, so I looked to see what our Great Competitor is doing vatican.com.
Imagine my surprise when I saw they had a FacebookLike button on it. Call me old-fashioned maybe, but it seemed oddly sacrilegious to my way of thinking. And even something called the "g+", it's either a new compiler or it's that thing that Brother Masters and Sister Johnson were describing in 1957. I feared the worst.
So there seems to be this thing out there called "Social Media". If the Great Competitor is using it, may be we should reconsider our position, or maybe the Trappists have got it right. Maybe we should all take a vow of silence. Only to be broken with our morning chant of: use strict; use warnings; print @_;
Brother and Sisters I earnestly ask for your views on this difficult matter.
Yours in faith,
PS GUYS, SOCIAL MEDIA. IT'S OUT THERE. WADDA WE GONNA DO ABOUT IT?!
Hello. Today I went into the chatterbox to say "Hello". My simple "Hello" did not appear. I went to CBstream and found the last message I sent before this "Hello" was another "Hello". I think I sent it a few days ago. While I can see the wisdom behind not allowing repeated messages in the CB, would you please consider putting a time out of something like half a day or a day? Sometimes I don't want to freshen the cookies on the sideboard (and even if I did, I can't do it twice in a row).
No matter how hysterical I get, my problems are not time sensitive. So, relax, have a cookie, and a very nice day!