Where should I post X?
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This is the best place for general Perl code offerings.
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- Obfuscated code
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Ideally, the Tutorials section has a high value-to-noise ratio.
Tutorial articles should be written so as to invite as little discussion as possible.
Therefore, we recommend that, while you can post directly to the Tutorials section,
it's generally better to follow this procedure:
- Write up your draft tutorial and put it in your scratchpad; broadcast requests for comments in the chatterbox and elsewhere.
- Post it as a new Meditation, with "RFC" in the title.
Later, if it is generally acclaimed to be worthy of Tutorials, but needs more work first, then make the necessary revisions and
- Post the final version as a Tutorials node.
Also of interest: How does editing work in the Tutorials section?
(This FAQlet supercedes vroom's original document, What section should I put this in?)
Another view of the same info (more or less) is The Perl Monks Guide to the Monastery.
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