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Maybe it's me, but it seems like alot of posts to SoPW have been vague and/or ambiguous. After doing a search of this site, the only information regarding and writeup do's dont's is Writeup Formatting Tips , I want to ask a question of the Perl Monks; where do I start?. Now, possibly, if I did a more exhaustive search, I may come up with more reference to this topic, but I feel that this type of information should be contained directly in Perl Monks Site FAQ or Site How To. So, I decided to write a little something:

Seekers of Perl Wisdom Writeup Guidelines

Here are some basic guidelines for submitting a question to Seekers of Perl Wisdom:

  • First, and foremost, be able to articulate your question. Chances are, that if you can't, monks will not understand your problem and you won't get the answer(s) that you need.
  • Written "descriptions" of what you're trying to do, and what problems you are running into will rarely suffice, without accompanying code. Don't be bashful! Post what you have - as "ugly" or "wrong" as it might be. No one will persecute you for trying to figure out a problem on your own!
  • Which brings me to the next point: PLEASE, don't post a question, like, "I want a program that will do XYZ, then mail the output to ABC, and write it to a file. How can I write it?....". Chances are if you post a question like that, you will be downvoted, or altogether ignored.
  • Read Writing Formatting Tips before actually posting code. As you write your post, you will always have the option to preview your post. Exersise that option =).
  • Use Super Search to search for possible answers to your question. As this is a large, and active community here, there is a good chance that your question has been answered before.
  • Read previous Seekers of Perl Wisdom posts for ideas on how to pose your question.
  • There is rarely (if ever) a need to post hundreds of lines of code to get an answer to your problem. If you feel the need to do that, step back for a minute, attempt to debug your program yourself (I assume that you are already using -w and use strict;. Post only the code which is pertinent to the specific problem you are having. If you're post is going to be lengthy, be considerate and use <READMORE> tags.
  • There are alot of online resources here; take the time to read through them.
  • Read through: Voting Guidelines (or 'How should I spend my votes?'). There are some helpful hints contained in this document.

My final suggestion is that you are not already, become a member of This is an extremely knowledgeable and helpful community we have.

Edit 2001-05-12 by tye to add a missing > that was preventing the subsequent </ul> from being parsed

In reply to Writeup Guidelines by Tuna

Use:  <p> text here (a paragraph) </p>
and:  <code> code here </code>
to format your post; it's "PerlMonks-approved HTML":

  • Posts are HTML formatted. Put <p> </p> tags around your paragraphs. Put <code> </code> tags around your code and data!
  • Titles consisting of a single word are discouraged, and in most cases are disallowed outright.
  • Read Where should I post X? if you're not absolutely sure you're posting in the right place.
  • Please read these before you post! —
  • Posts may use any of the Perl Monks Approved HTML tags:
    a, abbr, b, big, blockquote, br, caption, center, col, colgroup, dd, del, div, dl, dt, em, font, h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6, hr, i, ins, li, ol, p, pre, readmore, small, span, spoiler, strike, strong, sub, sup, table, tbody, td, tfoot, th, thead, tr, tt, u, ul, wbr
  • You may need to use entities for some characters, as follows. (Exception: Within code tags, you can put the characters literally.)
            For:     Use:
    & &amp;
    < &lt;
    > &gt;
    [ &#91;
    ] &#93;
  • Link using PerlMonks shortcuts! What shortcuts can I use for linking?
  • See Writeup Formatting Tips and other pages linked from there for more info.
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