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Let's be the albatross

by stevieb (Canon)
on Oct 15, 2019 at 21:04 UTC ( #11107510=monkdiscuss: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Remove yourself from political thought, frustration from things gone by strict adherence to protocol and the overall 'set in my ways, so fsck everything else'.

Perlmonks to me is a safe place. A place where I've been able to ask questions or talk about numerous programming languages, mathematical equations, statistical analysis and things I never figured a fellow Perl programmer would understand.

Thing is, the Perl programmers here did understand.

I have been welcomed here for all of my technical life essentially, and I've done my best to reciprocate that back. I have respect and admiration for those who are for, and opposed to what I think. That's the premise of PM to me.

Everyone appears to want to divide PM into this or that. We don't do politics here; we are not divisive by nature, and we shouldn't behave as such.

As well-versed, experienced (possibly Open Source) programmers (some of us with Perl as our star language), inclusiveness is key. Whether that means allowing 'other' languages here or not is not for me to say. I will say though that I was accepted here as something, so were you, so if you're asking questions or answering them: "Where were you in life when you ran into Perlmonks. What did you acquire from the site? What did you learn from the people there?"

Pushing off those who ask questions unrelated is our business, and we've done it for years politely. Demanding and advocating a select subset of programmers based on language isn't our business.

-stevieb

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Re: Let's be the albatross
by harangzsolt33 (Friar) on Oct 16, 2019 at 02:38 UTC
    I broke up with my girlfriend in 2016, and I was trying to find a way to get over it. So, I decided to learn something. Perl seemed like the best choice for me, so I began reading online. I searched for words like "how to learn perl in hours" and free perl scripts, and somehow I ran across PerlMonks.

    I created an account here, because I saw that the website is active and you can get really good advice here in minutes! You don't have to wait days and weeks for a response.

    I also like that threads are always open, and you can add a comment to a threat even years later. On StackOverflow.com threads get closed after awhile. That site feels more like a dictatorship. PerlMonks is just the opposite. This place feels more friendly. Here you feel like your comments are being appreciated, and conversation is being encouraged rather than shut down. So, I must say this site feels a lot more positive.

Re: Let's be the albatross
by cavac (Curate) on Nov 15, 2019 at 16:58 UTC

    Well said.

    For myself, i want to add that the very open and friendly nature of PerlMonks and the Perl community is one of the prime reasons i enjoy working with the language. In the last 10 or so years there were very, very few problems i got stuck on and did not recieve help from someone within hours or a day.

    perl -e 'use MIME::Base64; print decode_base64("4pmsIE5ldmVyIGdvbm5hIGdpdmUgeW91IHVwCiAgTmV2ZXIgZ29ubmEgbGV0IHlvdSBkb3duLi4uIOKZqwo=");'

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