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Publish the FAQ?

by hsmyers (Canon)
on Jan 10, 2008 at 03:22 UTC ( #661548=monkdiscuss: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

I was wandering around on lulu.com and the notion occurred to me that maybe it was time to publish the PM FAQ. I was even thinking of using lulu to do so. Say $_low_price for a .pdf and $_higher_price for a bound version. I've purchased their products--gotten very rare and very expensive weaving books for very little money. I realize that the FAQ is a 'living' document but what is wrong with repeat sales? And for that matter what edition has The Camel Book reached anyway?.

--hsm

"As Gödel once said, 'It's turtles all the way down boys.'"

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Re: Publish the FAQ?
by dwu (Monk) on Jan 10, 2008 at 04:07 UTC

    Why an offline reference to something largely useful only if you're online? I see how you can code Perl without a connection (assuming you have modules installed already, etc. etc.), but apart from... I honestly don't know who, PerlMonks is not largely useful without a connection, and I'm really only interested in knowing about how XP works (does anyone even know that anymore? ;)) if I'm on PerlMonks, in which case... I have the FAQ right there :)

    Someone will come up with some way of offlining PM and make me look completely stupid :)

      > how XP works (does anyone even know that anymore? ;))

      Now there's no need for that kind of talk, the new system's perfectly straightforward and easy to understand. It's simply:

      dXP/dt = (sin(moon_phase) / (upvotes/sec - downvotes/hectare)) ± y_in_ +month_flag
      Given FireFox and IE7 with multiple tabs you are 'now' correct about the online experience (you were not-- not that long ago). But as PM grows so does its complexity and so will the size of the FAQ. The task of finding things in an even a well organized linked online document still has yet to beat a dog eared book. A solution that goes on working even after you turn off or move away from your computer. All that said, the argument that trumps all others is that I desperately need something to catch the cracker crumbs when I try and figure out how to use the chatterbox in bed :)

      --hsm

      "Never try to teach a pig to sing...it wastes your time and it annoys the pig."

        I agree with hsm. Especially the "...even a well organized linked online document still has yet to beat a dog eared book."

        But I would also agree with the others that I just don't think there is enough "general interest" in the community-at-large to justify a formal publication.

        A downloadable pdf, on the otherhand, would be real nice.

        ack Albuquerque, NM
Re: Publish the FAQ?
by castaway (Parson) on Jan 10, 2008 at 09:45 UTC
    I can't really see the point either. It's just about PM..

    OTOH if you'd like to turn it into a PDF, and give us a link to it, I'm not complaining. Well volunteered!

    As for selling, I can't see a market.. Do a survey first.

    C.

Re: Publish the FAQ?
by kirillm (Friar) on Jan 12, 2008 at 14:00 UTC

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