Update: It appears that the consensus of those I was hoping would be part of this list is that the list is a "Bad Idea"(tm). I therefore withdraw the idea. Downvote this node, if you like, but please note that I now would not support this idea. It, like so many other ideas, looked good on paper. But, as always, the devil is in the details.
Now, I know that this topic was discussed a few years back, but I also know nothing came of it. So, I'd like to propose the following system:
- (Where "monk" appears below, that means any member of PM of level 2 or higher.)
- For a monk to become a mentor, that monk must be nominated by one monk and seconded by another.
- The nomination will be for a specific field of expertise. Some example fields of expertise (with an example monk I would nominate in that category):
- That monk is now available to be voted on. Once that monk receives five other votes, then that monk is offered the opportunity to become a mentor.
- That monk must then accept. (This is because some monks may not want their name advertised as an expert in some field.)
- This list would be maintained in PM. The page would be accessible from the following places:
- The links section
- Q & A
- The list of categories would be relatively static. Anyone can propose a change to the categories and the change would occur by popular acclamation.
- The voting could either be something built within PM or by /msg to a group of volunteers. I, of course, volunteer for this duty. (I'm not going to talk without being willing to walk.)
- At any time, a monk can choose to remove themselves from any mentoring list.
- At any time, a monk can be recalled. The recall process is identical to the process of making a monk into a mentor.
I would propose the initial list of categories to be:
- Basic Perl (This is the list of really really patient people who don't mind repeating themselves.)
- CGI / Web development
- Secure programming
- DBI / Data storage
- Unix administration
- Windows development
- Windows administration
- Other OSes (Mac, VMS, etc)
- Basic Regular Expressions
- Advanced Regular Expressions
- Tk / Other GUI programs
- Module experts (For example, mpeppler would be the Sybase::* expert.)
- Algorithms in Perl
- OO programming
- Functional programming / other styles
We are the carpenters and bricklayers of the Information Age.
The idea is a little like C++ templates, except not quite so brain-meltingly complicated. -- TheDamian, Exegesis 6
... strings and arrays will suffice. As they are easily available as native data types in any sane language, ... - blokhead, speaking on evolutionary algorithms
Please remember that I'm crufty and crochety. All opinions are purely mine and all code is untested, unless otherwise specified.