I would love to see Perl Monks for everything under the sun. I personally don't see why this kind of community cannot be fostered with any programming language or technology. It may be, admittedly, probably more difficult than with Perl, but I'm sure at least 95% of our Brotherhood have extensive experience in another language, and Computer Science in general. I frequently come in and ask for OT advice in the CB and often get some good advice. Admittedly, there are some problems expanding to other language.
- Most other languages aren't as well documented as Perl.
- Other languages don't have the preexistnig culture that Perl has.
- Other languages aren't as fun to code in as Perl.
The answer to me seems to be renaming the monastery Computer Monks (or whatever) and producing Sections of the Monastery for each Language/Concept that gets enough traffic. Then we subdivide the Language sections just like we do with Perl and such. Also, there is the General section where we keep Meditations and Discussion and such. People turn on the languages they are interested in and, as usual, the subsections they want as well.
To make it 5uP3r 1337, we give separate XP in separate sections, in keeping with the idea that XP = creadibility, so just because I'm a PerlHacker doean't mean anything when I start posting to the Prolog Section. Perhaps also different powers over different sections due to rank. C++ Saints can't even vote in HTML.
- Too much traffic.
- Some languages generate more newbies than others.
- CB has to have separate channels for separate sections to avoid annoying commentary from the Assembly nuts.
- Vroom no longer has time to sleep at night.
- We turn into \..
I think traffic problems can be solved by turning off uninteresting sections. \.
issues are already handled well by voting and NodeReaper
's CB already has multiple channels, so perhaps the solution is there. Vroom doesn't need sleep. You can ignore sections you don't care about.
In short, I feel that by this method we can slowly expand PerlMonks until it takes over the world. At least, if we can find a way to make this place economically viable.
So, not to leap without looking, but, as a test, what does everyone think about adding a database board?
Update: Bad haX0r script corrected by Boldra and azatoth.