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Re: How do *you* see PM

by corenth (Monk)
on Apr 03, 2004 at 01:52 UTC ( #342210=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to How do *you* see PM

aah! when i was reading the question i thought i was looking at someone very new to perl. as it turns out, his method of communication is just a bit more burdened with overhead.

now, i think it's telling that the replies to that and most other posts i've seen have been fairly polite, if on occasion critical. I'm willing to bet that this has something to do with the size of the active perlmonks community. In my experience, a fairly small community, even one that definitely isn't traditional (online 'communities' are not traditional!), are naturally more polite and careful.

That's not to say that we wouldn't be honest about criticisms, but that we'd be more patient with the other guy. Having this place where I recognize many of the names in the CB really makes a difference with how I'll interact and respond to other people here. Being sociable is important in a setting like this... even those of us who are gruff may tend to be a little more careful around people we expect to see again someday.

Now, a question about perlmonks:

      Which do you feel is better, small community or large knowledge base?

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Re: Re: How do *you* see PM
by hardburn (Abbot) on Apr 05, 2004 at 14:05 UTC

    Which do you feel is better, small community or large knowledge base?

    When online, I prefer a small community. Larger knowledge bases, in my experiance, tend to also increase the noise. See also: Slashdot and Kuro5hin, both of which were fine communities before they got really big.

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      I agree with that :) when a community is too small, there's a real lack of diversity of ideas and veiws. when it's to large, there's a lack of social intimacy. i wonder what the critical mass for each is?

      any sociologist type guys out there? i wonder if a cellular automata's been made for simulating this kind of thing? *grin* interesting idea for a fun hack ^_^
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