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About Perlmonks: How would you describe PM?

by artist (Parson)
on May 15, 2003 at 18:48 UTC ( #258492=monkdiscuss: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Dear Monks,
I just asked my friend to check out our site and he was very happy with the experience. We all have used different interfaces of Perlmonks at different time, we learn more and use it more etc.. I remember a story of 6 blind man and an elephant. Each describes elephant from his perspetive.

Question: How would you describe our site ? Your perspective could be very helpful to see the same thing from different angle.

Beautify your existence

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Re: About Perlmonks
by benn (Vicar) on May 15, 2003 at 22:43 UTC

    I use the Monastery as an alternative search engine to - much quicker than googling or clicking on all those numbered links... One simply posts a dumb question, (or even better, as is usual for me, a dumb answer) and you instantly get link to a whole column about how to do it - whatever it was - from the druid himself! :)

    Cheers, Ben.

Re: About Perlmonks
by WhiteBird (Hermit) on May 16, 2003 at 00:19 UTC
    How would I describe the site? I think the Monastery is a very apt metaphor. It feels like being in some sort of rambling old place, with nodes and crannies waiting to be explored. There's no tour guide, but there are plenty of friendly monks around with advice if one asks. No big map on the wall with everything explicitly labled, no linear directions, but the rooms all have names that hint at what might be contained within and exploration is encouraged.

    Everything seems easily connected to nearly everything else. It's easy to jump from a question, into someone's node, into someone's link and right back to the question again. About the time I think I've 'seen it all' I find another section, a deeper level that I missed before. (I suppose that's not the case for those of you have been here for months and years.)

    I also like the personal nodes. It's like an open invitation to someone's sitting room, or library. There's quite a bit of valuable information linked up out there. All in all, I like the site, dusty corners and all.

Re: About Perlmonks
by vladb (Vicar) on May 15, 2003 at 19:29 UTC
    I don't know if I could describe it any better than what has already been said on the PerlMonks FAQ pages :)

    To quote specifically...
        * an attempt to make learning Perl as non-intimidating and easy to use as possible
        * a place for individuals to polish, improve, and showcase their Perl skills
        * a community which allows everyone to grow and learn from each other

    In my own view of the monastery, it is a gathering of Perl faithful, who despite of numerous tribulations in their real lives, find solace in numerous discussions (at times heated :) taking place within these walls.

    This is also by far one of a rare few sites where an inexperienced Perl 'hacker' could post a question and expect a more or less decent answer within a fraction of a second. Answers to any particular question tend to pile in at a lighting pace, indeed ;)

    "We've all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters will eventually reproduce
    the entire works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true."

    Robert Wilensky, University of California

Re: About Perlmonks
by VSarkiss (Monsignor) on May 15, 2003 at 19:10 UTC

    I see a fun chatterbox with some goofy articles about Perl around it. ;-)

Re: About Perlmonks
by crenz (Priest) on May 15, 2003 at 19:35 UTC

    With tongue firmly in cheek...

    PerlMonks is the place that keeps me from dying of boredom when waiting for MS Visual C++ to finish my compile.


      So I guess we should hope you do not get a new quicker computer any time soon ;-)

      At least till a new even more bloated version of Windows and MS Visual Studio comes out.

      Always code as if the guy who ends up maintaining your code will be a violent psychopath who knows where you live.
         -- Rick Osborne

      Edit by castaway: Closed small tag in signature

        Well, my current project will be finished soon, so I will have more time to do Perl-related stuff. And that is an even better reason to visit PerlMonks than just to kill time :).

Re: About Perlmonks
by phydeauxarff (Priest) on May 15, 2003 at 19:32 UTC
    A great place to learn new things and meet new people

    This place is as much a community of ideas as it is anything else, IMHO

Re: About Perlmonks
by mrpilot (Curate) on May 15, 2003 at 19:49 UTC
    A great storehouse of knowledge, and a place to meet interesting people.
Re: About Perlmonks
by greywolf (Priest) on May 15, 2003 at 21:31 UTC
    I see it as a place to get the information/knowledge you need to get the job done. I must say that questions do get answered (and answered well) in a very short time.

    mr greywolf
Re: About Perlmonks
by mojotoad (Monsignor) on May 16, 2003 at 08:43 UTC
    An anthropological treasure trove, worthy of continued observation?


    P.S. Oh, wait. I'm an embedded much for scientific objectivity.

Re: About Perlmonks: How would you describe PM?
by diotalevi (Canon) on May 28, 2003 at 12:12 UTC

    PerlMonks is one of those activities that I bring up in regular conversation. Its a teaching community organized around the perl language. Right now, its in my top three - Morris dancing, political activism, and teaching via PM. Can a guy possibly have more fun? Yes, but it'd be hard.

      You admit to Morris dancing?

        I can quit any time, really!

        I'm with Beecham, but will admit to a little penny-whistle & accordian on the sidelines - sorry - I know it only encourages them... :)
Re: About Perlmonks
by fredopalus (Friar) on May 18, 2003 at 17:35 UTC
    It's a lot like Cheers where everybody knows your name.
Re: About Perlmonks: How would you describe PM?
by tos (Deacon) on May 22, 2003 at 14:20 UTC
    A few weeks ago i came across (with?) the PerlMonks-site. As a perl-fan I liked it immediatly.

    The imaginary structure of a virtual monastery is not only funny but also a good help for orientation. The renunciation of any bits and pieces gives a respectable and solid impression which becomes more deeply if one reads the partially absolut profound answers on any questions.

    Very cool and motivating for being member in this club is the XP-system. It's fine that i now have a room for winning recognition on a field which occupies me so much. And when i sometimes felt a slightly hubris on my perl-knowledge i've noticed that this was absolutly out of proportion, since i know it really better now.

    Long speech, short sense. For me PerlMonks is THE site.

    But enough now. I have to work on my clerical career... ;-P

    (... and on my english too ...)

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