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Re^4: [OT] How about an Off Topic Section? (When reason fails...)

by PipTigger (Hermit)
on Jun 09, 2015 at 02:18 UTC ( #1129595=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^3: [OT] How about an Off Topic Section? (When reason fails...)
in thread [OT] How about an Off Topic Section?

Greetings, fellow Monks,

I regret that I have been inactive in this grand Monastery for many years. I have actually suffered through several years of damaged cognition, often hopeless that I might never know the joy of hacking together any worthwhile code ever again.

Thankfully my mental faculties have begun to resurface steadily over the past many months. I have become able to read and comprehend and even write some gratifying Perl again. After prolonged hibernation and dormancy, I am thrilled to be able to read and understand /. and HackerNews again. I have missed this place and am glad I could now remember my old login info. Seeing jdporter's sig made me expect to have become a Zombie, but I am relieved my history qualified beyond such a fate.

It's good to be back here, and able to begin learning new complexities again. Yesterday I was fascinated to learn about cryptocurrencies in some thorough detail. I have begun delving into distributed development techniques and challenges. There are so many newer languages and frameworks out now to explore and learn from.

I would like to weigh in on this comment thread in wholehearted agreement with BrowserUk and the OP flexvault. I believe our PerlMonks community would do well to persuade our elders that christening a new "Off Topic" or "Related Discussions" section would be a significant improvement.

I echo all the good reasons presented above, and similarly struggle to identify likely downsides. I understand the ongoingly valid reasons not to endorse wanton inclusion of frivolous new topical sections, but I see "Off Topic" as wholly warranted and broadly enriching.

I would also like to say that the Anonymous cowards who demonstrate contentedness with a contribution of sardonic insults, wisecracks, and bravado exemplify the antithesis of Monk-like devotion. Such belligerent disruption should be recognized as vastly more distressing than any amount of newly acceptable non-Perl, yet still expectedly positive and virtuous, software discussion threads could be.

Thank you for considering my opinion.

Peace - Pip@CPAN.Org
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Re^5: [OT] How about an Off Topic Section? (When reason fails...)
by BrowserUk (Pope) on Jun 09, 2015 at 02:29 UTC

    Thanks for ignoring the troll(s) and speaking up Pip. Welcome back. I hope we'll see more of you.


    With the rise and rise of 'Social' network sites: 'Computers are making people easier to use everyday'
    Examine what is said, not who speaks -- Silence betokens consent -- Love the truth but pardon error.
    "Science is about questioning the status quo. Questioning authority". I'm with torvalds on this
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      You are welcome. I just hope I can remember my login.
Re^5: [OT] How about an Off Topic Section? (When reason fails...)
by flexvault (Monsignor) on Jun 09, 2015 at 14:35 UTC

    PipTigger,

    Welcome back!

    Regards...Ed

    "Well done is better than well said." - Benjamin Franklin

Re^5: [OT] How about an Off Topic Section? (When reason fails...)
by chacham (Prior) on Jun 26, 2015 at 11:50 UTC

    Coming back and jumping right into thick of it with a nice post.

    Keep it up! :)

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