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Having been part of another site that did something like this, I have to admit to mixed feelings.

On the one hand we have a large pool of competent people who probably do have other interests we share away from Perl. Should the new section come about I would bet top dollar that it will be popular. More than that, if there is a section in it with a name like "Open forum" it will be the most popular of all.

On the other hand when you get away from Perl, what people will want to talk about are the topics which they care about most. Politics. Religion. Microsoft. But the very fact that people care means that their feelings are on the line and people will get upset.

I have seen this scenario before. A lot of interesting stuff will be said. It will be popular. People will get upset and leave.


In reply to RE (tilly) 1: perlmonks.org: More than just a Perl resource? by tilly
in thread perlmonks.org: More than just a Perl resource? by jcwren

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    [RonW]: Hi, tye, thezip
    [RonW]: I see useless errors liek that from Perl programs, too.
    [tye]: well, you certainly don't see strack traces with all of the values removed from Perl.
    [thezip]: Howdy RonW. Not in *my* logfiles you won't!
    [tye]: and I never claimed anything about 100% on either side.
    [RonW]: Presumably because the coders didn't realize that die and warn will append line number and file when the message strings doesn'r end with a line terminator
    [tye]: And these are popular and not new python projects.
    [thezip]: I had a user complain that they didn't receive an email from one of my processes. I went to the logfile and reproduced the entire contents of the email they would have received. Not my problem.
    [tye]: How the heck does a web framework get popular when an unexpected exception gets logged as just "Exception" w/ no details?
    [RonW]: There have been times when some one has modified my Perl code and decided to "clean up" my error/warning messages for me by adding line terminators

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