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Re: New Gathering section?

by davorg (Chancellor)
on Jan 10, 2001 at 00:09 UTC ( #50759=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to New Gathering section?

Isn't that what the Perl Mongers are for?

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and the boring jobs bearable" - me


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Re: Re: New Gathering section?
by KM (Priest) on Jan 10, 2001 at 00:30 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

        Hey, perhaps if a large enough group find they're working close together then it could form into a new Perl Mongers group.

        That was actually one of the side-effects I was hoping would happen (but didn't want to preaching about PerlMongers). When I started Hartford.pm, it was a PITA to find local Perl hackers who weren't in my circle of work or LUG friends.

        Cheers,
        KM

      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.) :)
        Just requested..

        Cheers,
        KM

        I'll give the details for the mailing list and such in a few days. PerlMonks.pm should be alive sometime next week.

        Cheers,
        KM

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