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Re: My favorite other on-line community is...

by Abigail-II (Bishop)
on Feb 02, 2003 at 17:24 UTC ( #232013=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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in thread My favorite other on-line community is...

You don't say WHY PM is your least favorite?

There are several reasons. I won't describe them all, some are just vague, and not worth discussing.

One major con against perlmonks is its user interface. It's web based, which is just horrible compared to usenet, mailinglist, IRC or MUDs, all of which I can do from an xterm. For usenet and mailinglist, where you write articles, just like with perlmonks, you can do the editing in your favourite editor *IN PLAIN TEXT*. With perlmonks, you have to use a small textarea, writing in some poorly defined HTML derived markup. You don't even have the option to write in plain text, or POD. It's a lot easier to type C<$_> than it is to do <code>$_</code> (specially considering that HTML already has a CODE element). Mailinglist and usenet articles I can automatically file - not so with Perlmonks.

Perlmonks is the only community I frequently visit that has thrown adds at me. I very seldomly see spam in the usenet groups I visit, or on the mailinglists - they have been filtered out before reaching me.

Also, I find it much harder to 'notice' individuals on Perlmonks. On other forums, I find it easier to notice others - people spring out because of their particular knowledge, style, behaviour, signature, (dis-)likes, etc. There are a few names here I pay attention too, but that's usually because I know the names from other elsewhere.

Note that I'm not saying I don't like Perlmonks, I wouldn't be here if that was true. But if I have to rank the communities I visit, Perlmonks would end last.


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[Corion]: But people writing such code should document the objects they construct and why it makes sense for an object to be invisible as string while being true in a boolean context
[hippo]: That's equal parts clever and horrendous.
[Eily]: the overload version wouldn't return true with "$x" && !length $x though, I guess
[hippo]: The more I look at this code, the more $x is a plain old scalar and the more this condition will never be true. I'm calling it a bug at this point.
[hippo]: Thanks for your input which has soothed my sanity (a little)
[Corion]: Eily: Sure - if you force both things into stringy things, then you break that magic. But that would also mean that you changed the expression, as now $x = 0.00 will be true instead of false as it were before
[Corion]: Ah no, at least in my feeble experiments that doesn't change the meaning
[Corion]: We sell sanity in small packages ;)

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