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.
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.
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 ;)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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