Why does Perl Monks work?
I think the main reason is the atmosphere at the Monastery.
Even if one discounted its constant presence of experts in
the various timezones necessary for getting quick answers, our cloister would still work because one monk's knowledge
tends to complement another's; so many monks are willing to
share what they know, whatever their individual motivations
I think most of us can answer your question through
introspection. I just asked myself how I feel about
participating in this community. Apart from some flirtations
with IRC about 10 years ago, I never really had any interest
in on-line forums---and this despite my desperately needing
help. People tend to behave in the manner others expect
them to. Here in the Monastery, the expectations are high.
Update 2003-07-13 20:44:33 CEST: I probably should add that I actually did read the article. I especially enjoyed the reference to "religious veneration". At least we're honest here ;)
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