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My primary motivation for participating at PerlMonks is:

by eyepopslikeamosquito (Bishop)
on Aug 01, 2021 at 10:38 UTC ( #11135548=poll: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

vote on My primary motivation for participating at PerlMonks is:

(Choices in context)
Anticipated reciprocity
[bar] 7/8%
Recognition
[bar] 3/4%
Sense of efficacy
[bar] 5/6%
Sense of community
[bar] 19/23%
Self-discovery
[bar] 6/7%
Personal influence
[bar] 0/0%
Enjoyment
[bar] 44/52%
84 total votes
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Re: My primary motivation for participating at PerlMonks is:
by eyepopslikeamosquito (Bishop) on Aug 01, 2021 at 11:39 UTC

    A bit of background on this poll. I'd just started researching a new series of articles on Organizational Culture and suggested this poll because I thought it might give me some ideas and insights to explore in this new series of articles. A bit more detail/background on each of the options (which I hope clarifies more than it confuses :):

    • Anticipated reciprocity - I'm motivated to contribute valuable information in the expectation that I'll receive useful help and information in return.
    • Recognition - I want to receive recognition for my contributions.
    • Sense of efficacy - I contribute valuable information because this results in a sense that I'm capable of achieving my desired outcome.
    • Sense of community - I am a social being, motivated by receiving direct responses to my contributions.
    • Self-discovery - I want to develop new perspectives on myself.
    • Personal influence - I want to become more powerful by influencing others.
    • Enjoyment - It entertains and amuses me to play with and interact with other monks.

Re: My primary motivation for participating at PerlMonks is:
by stevieb (Canon) on Aug 01, 2021 at 16:18 UTC

    XP, of course, the only entry not on the list!!

    In all seriousness, personal enjoyment and sense of community.

      Pleased to see monks respond with items not on the list. Keep them coming!

      This is because I have no training in psychology and just kinda blindly lifted the original list from Motivation for online participation (wikipedia). Some more from Understanding the Motivation of Contribution in Online Communities (wayback machine pdf):

      • Satisfying other members needs
      • Enforcing service excellence (reminds me of repeated scolding and downvoting and reaping of certain infamous monks ;)
      • Gaining a sense of helpfulness to others

      The last one resonates with me and I remember Larry singling it out with this famous quote from Programming Perl:

      the only personality trait Perl programmers have in common is that they're all pathologically helpful

      Update: 1nickt was the first to suggest this with: I have a "compulsion to be helpful" (singling out davido)
      ... oh, and I see 1nickt's home page contains yet another possible motivation: Learning something at the Monastery every day

Re: My primary motivation for participating at PerlMonks is:
by LanX (Sage) on Aug 01, 2021 at 16:19 UTC
Re: My primary motivation for participating at PerlMonks is:
by kcott (Bishop) on Aug 02, 2021 at 01:18 UTC

    I selected "Enjoyment" — I'm not required to be involved and wouldn't do it if I didn't like it — but most of the others would probably apply to some extent.

    What I did note as missing, and what would've been my preferred answer if present, is a point under the "Learning" banner. While I've made many visible contributions that would have been in the "Teaching" category, I've also learnt a huge amount over the years which, in general, would be invisible to most.

    Another point would be self-interest. When applying for jobs, I usually can't offer previously written commercial code as examples of experience due to confidentiality issues. I can, however, point to examples on PerlMonks to show an understanding of various fields. I have done this on quite a few occasions.

    — Ken

      Much the same here. I voted "enjoyment", but what I enjoy is helping people with their problems, and learning from the solutions suggested by others.
Re: My primary motivation for participating at PerlMonks is:
by karlgoethebier (Abbot) on Aug 02, 2021 at 05:52 UTC

    As I’m in the lucky position that I don’t need to program any more for the money it’s enjoyment. With a nice side effect: When I was on the job asking here for how to continue when I was down and out saved my ass sometimes. Probably I can occasionally give back something useful.

    «The Crux of the Biscuit is the Apostrophe»

Re: My primary motivation for participating at PerlMonks is:
by perldigious (Priest) on Aug 02, 2021 at 15:10 UTC

    Enjoyment - At least for the participation part since I'm usually not much good for anything but adding humor, or at least trying to add humor. Lurking over old posts to figure out how to do things is also useful to me, but that's increasingly rare in my $current_job and I don't really consider that "participating".

    Just another Perl hooker - My clients appreciate that I keep my code clean but my comments dirty.

      Probably yet another case of self underestimation.

      «The Crux of the Biscuit is the Apostrophe»

Re: My primary motivation for participating at PerlMonks is:
by shmem (Chancellor) on Aug 03, 2021 at 12:55 UTC

    This poll (as many others) has the wrong buttons. It should have checkboxes, not radio buttons. I would have checked 3,5,7.

    perl -le'print map{pack c,($-++?1:13)+ord}split//,ESEL'

      Patches welcome, trooper! ;-)

      I reckon we are the only monastery ever to have a dungeon staffed with 16,000 zombies.
Re: My primary motivation for participating at PerlMonks is:
by hrcerq (Scribe) on Aug 08, 2021 at 18:51 UTC

    We (human beings) are almost 8 billion over the world. What would have brought us here if not the ability to cooperate? Compared to other species, we are weak and slow, and completely vulnerable when we're born. Cooperation is our greatest strenght.

    "To build together" makes sense because of "together", not because of "to build". I picked Sense of community, but it has nothing to do with expecting direct responses to my contributions. It's more related to knowing Perl has greater chances of survival if Perl programmers and enthusiasts stand together.

    But anyway, there are other reasons too. Learning definitely was an objective when I decided to join. Much of what I learned regarding not just Perl but many other things came from community contributions and my interaction with such communities.

    return on_success() or die;

Re: My primary motivation for participating at PerlMonks is:
by Utilitarian (Vicar) on Aug 16, 2021 at 13:39 UTC
    What is community if not shared expectation of reciprocity? But, yes that/them && personal enjoyment would be the main drivers

    print "Good ",qw(night morning afternoon evening)[(localtime)[2]/6]," fellow monks."

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