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Questions on Perlmonks

by aartist (Monk)
on Dec 27, 2017 at 19:24 UTC ( #1206290=monkdiscuss: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

I concur that we have around 1.2 million nodes. How many questions have been asked on Perlmonks ?

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Re: Questions on Perlmonks
by eyepopslikeamosquito (Chancellor) on Dec 27, 2017 at 21:34 UTC
Re: Questions on Perlmonks
by Anonymous Monk on Dec 27, 2017 at 21:20 UTC

    Year Root Node Count 2017 (2580 top level nodes) 2016 (2822 top level nodes) 2015 (3824 top level nodes) 2014 (5022 top level nodes) 2013 (6814 top level nodes) 2012 (6837 top level nodes) 2011 (7055 top level nodes) 2010 (7015 top level nodes) 2009 (8799 top level nodes) 2008 (7989 top level nodes) 2007 (7900 top level nodes) 2006 (8984 top level nodes) 2005 (11882 top level nodes) 2004 (11452 top level nodes) 2003 (11887 top level nodes) 2002 (12533 top level nodes) 2001 (12642 top level nodes) 2000 (5981 top level nodes) 1999 (78 top level nodes)
Re: Questions on Perlmonks
by Anonymous Monk on Feb 06, 2018 at 23:32 UTC
    PerlMonks used to be the authoritative source of information about this language on the entire Internet, but when other alternative sources began to be available, PM (as you see ...) did not follow suit. In fact, it became quite hostile in some ways, and its audience mostly voted with their mouse-clicks ... taking nearly all of the discussion to, where it has remained ever since. SO might not be the best source of information, compared to what PM used to be, but you can get a good-enough answer there within an hour. And you don't have to pay a price to get it.
      I still come to PM because:
    • The quality and the tone of the answers are better than SO.
    • Good, interesting questions typically get a good answer in an hour. (I've been stuck a few times with a deadline, and PM saved my bacon.)
    • A really good question gets someone generating alternatives and benchmarks and best-in-class solutions.
    • Anyone can ask or answer a question on PM, immediately, even anonymously.
    • Anyone can vote on answers on PM immediately (although there is a daily vote limit, for everyone, based on XP).
    • Search engines still put PM nodes at the top of the results, so I still go to PM, even when I didn't find my result in PM's own search. And I assume those nodes are some of the best answers to my queries.
    • Questions on SO are likely to be seen by more people, and have some probability of being higher quality (or at least, more variation). But the hurdles to a good experience on SO are too high for me. I have accounts on various forums there, and since I don't try to be an Answer Firstie, and I'm mainly looking for my own answers, it takes a long time to get enough reputation to be allowed to fully interact.

      The fact that I have to have more reputation points to comment, than to actually answer, is backwards. In some cases I would create an answer that was really just a comment, polluting the usefulness of that question.

      To take a page from SO, it might be useful to be able to mark a response as (an/the) "accepted answer", or maybe even more than one. But this also causes some confusion, as the first decent answer might get nominated, and the rest ignored. It might be better to see, on responses to your own question, what the votes are, without voting on them first. This is likely to hit newbies and verbose question writers. But probably not a big deal (just "read the answers, try them out, and make your own decision" works better for those with a little patience.)

      I keep coming back to PM because people here ask interesting questions, give interesting answers (which are sometimes not expected based on the question), and are generally helpful to all levels of experience. (Yes, there have been a handful of people who have rubbed nearly everyone the wrong way. But they can still post.) I keep coming back because, while I'm not actively coding in Perl in my $work, I still use it, don't want to forget it, and hope to get paid for it again some day. (I really need to get on with Perl 6. It's too much fun to just watch from the bleachers.)

      I keep coming back to PM because I feel like I know (some of) the people here, and they're old friends. It's a community with a purpose. SO feels like a truckstop on the interstate -- it feels like no one cares who you are, or if you'll be back tomorrow or next week.

      Quantum Mechanics: The dreams stuff is made of

        > Search engines still put PM nodes at the top of the results,

        Minor nitpick: I've been told that search engines prioritize according to recorded preferences of individual users.

        A heavy user of SO would see those hits listed first.

        Though I've never checked if that's true.

        Cheers Rolf
        (addicted to the Perl Programming Language and ☆☆☆☆ :)
        Wikisyntax for the Monastery

      The internet is big enough to accomodate both stackoverflow and pm.

      If your needs are better served on stackoverflow, then go there for all means.

      For the time being I am still quite happy pm exists...

      Yeah? You answer a lot of questions over on StackOverflow? I would love to see that. To see how it is less hostile than PM. To see how friendly and welcoming SO would be to you specifically. To see how many years of friendly warnings they would give you to cease nonsense and participate to the level you claim you're qualified. You are just a chronic irritant here. You're anathema to their ethos.

      Have you noticed how easy it is to single out your content even when posted anonymously? How friendly the monastery is to beginners and even some posts that test the "there are no stupid questions" adage? How the price of participation here is just effort and it returns friendship, humor, experience, healthy challenges, and professional growth?

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