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Re: A PerlMonks 'Community' section?

by John M. Dlugosz (Monsignor)
on Sep 17, 2001 at 00:00 UTC ( #112753=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to A PerlMonks 'Community' section?

I've noticed that lack of non-work-related chatter affects the "binding" of this community. In another successful place I belonged to (pre-Internet, in fact!) everyone was very close, knowing all about their families, pets, details of lives, etc. Here most of y'all are just handles.

Perhaps the CB takes some of the load for that, but it's nowhere near what I've seen elsewhere.


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Re: Re: A PerlMonks 'Community' section?
by George_Sherston (Vicar) on Sep 17, 2001 at 00:49 UTC
    I agree. As I've argued elsewhere, the best technical communities are in fact technical communities. My reservation about having a "community" page would be that it might ghettoise non-technical stuff. It seems to me, from the eminence of a whole six weeks involvement with the monastery, that personal / community stuff does filter through a lot of the site in a good way. I think the way to make that side of things work better would be to reach and express a consensus that we like that, and then we would all feel we had maximum freedom to take an interest in non-technical matters (always remembering, of course, that it IS a technical forum). Please take this as a voice in support of that consensus.

    Another thought - perhaps we might all be a bit more forthcoming, and less cool and allusive, on our home nodes.

    George Sherston
      My first thoughts along those lines were after a week or so, after being exposed to the same people's postings for several days. Now I've been here 4 months, have reached Sainthood, and still don't know anybody.

      In the "Pub", on the other hand, although I've not been active for a few years and the place isn't quite the community it once was, I know all about pet kittens and divorce and budding romances and what's going on in various people's lives. We've visited each other whenever someone is in the area of someone else. We post trip reports for the group to share. We've hosted COOKSTOCK '94, a Transcontenental Pot Luck Dinner. In short, I've made dear friends, and at the same time came of age as a programmer and writer. Discussions there were likened to grad school seminars anywhere else. We shared both the wisdom of the ages and the wimsey of the moment. Looking back, it's like the neighborhood I grew up in.

      It was there, and closely related places, that made me realize that the substrate of "communication" can lead to "community" and "culture".

      Perhaps we could have something like that here, since we already have the people and a polite countryclub-like situation going. Shall we lose some of the formality and more importantly, open up about our personal lives? I don't know if that's what everyone wants or could handle.

      Maybe we need an "auxilary" after-hours club that invites all the same people from the regular stuffy-old country club, rather than changing the dress code or opening up a new room in the countryclub.


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