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My 2000th post - thank you, fellow Monks!

by merlyn (Sage)
on May 15, 2001 at 02:26 UTC ( #80379=perlmeditation: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

In my one-thousandth post, I thanked vroom for setting up the Monestary.

This time, I look back at the variety of interactions I've had in the past year with you-all. I've laughed, chuckled, fumed, flamed, puzzled in confusion, and nodded in wonder: just about every emotion under the sun.

I've had a chance to show off. I've learned a lot about things I could never have guessed. I've helped some people. I've made a few people angry at me.

And I keep coming back. There's something about being part of a community, and this community in particular, that I cherish and protect. And it's you.

So thank you, all of you, for the contribution you make to me. I'm honored.

-- Randal L. Schwartz, Perl hacker

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Re: My 2000th post - thank you, fellow Monks!
by TStanley (Canon) on May 15, 2001 at 06:26 UTC
    Congrats to you merlyn. The time and effort that you put into this site is appreciated by a lot of us. I find that although your "tone" may be harsh at times, I know that you are simply being yourself, and I can respect you for that, plus the fact that 99.99 percent of the time, you are in the right :-)
    Hope to see another post like this when you hit 3000!

    In the end, there can be only one!
Re: My 2000th post - thank you, fellow Monks!
by shotgunefx (Parson) on May 15, 2001 at 12:12 UTC
    While I'm new to the Monestary, your excellent contributions through books and articles have been an immense to me over the past three years.

    Just wanted to say thanks!


      I am also very new here and while I spend long hours reading the dry nodes pertaining to Perl. It is a refreshing change to read such nodes. At least much better than those annoying quizzes. Sometimes when i wanted to thank a fellow monk for helping me, I am not able to do so because we don't login at the same time and i can't send him a msg through the CB. It is also annoying to post 1 liner thank you nodes.

      Perhaps there should be a forum here. A place where fellow monks can post anything under the sun, their feelings, frustrations, general discussion, etc and these nodes cannot be voted on. Maybe those nodes on Quizzes can be transferred to this forum too.

      Just a thought.

      UPDATE: Thanks to mirod and kudras for highlighting that msg can still be send thru CB when users are offline. The first time i tried it didn't work, so I assume.

      use Text::Soundex; print soundex ("Skullbowl");
      RESULT : S414
Re: My 2000th post - thank you, fellow Monks!
by cajun (Chaplain) on May 15, 2001 at 12:58 UTC
    Thank YOU merlyn for coming back and your continual contributions to the community as a whole !

    I along with many many others continue to learn both through your books, and your postings. Congrats !!

(jeffa) Re: My 2000th post - thank you, fellow Monks!
by jeffa (Bishop) on May 16, 2001 at 01:08 UTC
    merlyn thanking me? *gulp*

    well, indirectly :)

    Happy 2000th Post merlyn! I hope you make 2000 more!


Re: My 2000th post - thank you, fellow Monks!
by coreolyn (Parson) on May 16, 2001 at 18:48 UTC

    Congrats, looking forward to your 3000th. No matter what some may think, you provide a continuity that a community needs even if that continuity is occasionally a bone of contention. So often your the first to respond it makes my head spin, keep on keepin on.

(zdog) Re: My 2000th post - thank you, fellow Monks!
by zdog (Priest) on May 15, 2001 at 03:13 UTC
    I don't think you have to announce it to everyone when you hit some nice number of posts. What if I decided that 161 was a nice number and posted it? Do you think it would be voted up?

    Maybe it isn't the number, maybe it is because you sincerely appreciate how the Perlmonks community impacted your life. And that is okay. But what if everyone were to post a writeup similar to this? Wouldn't that get annoying?

    Maybe the ideal way to show our appreciation to a site like this that has given us so much is to continue to contribute to it and make it better rather than post obvious and in some sense, useless stuff (at least that is how I see it).

    And if you want to thank the people here, maybe you should show that thanks in the way you treat other people around here. I mean, there has to be some reason you have "fumed" and "flamed" around here, unless of course you consider that a good thing ....

    Zenon Zabinski | zdog |

      I personally liked merlyn's post. Like it or not, 2000 posts is a very significant number, and second only to Anonymous Monk (and not by much). If everyone posted a message like this every 1000 posts, so far there would have been 6 such posts in total. Not very annoying in my book :-)


      I ++'d you for this. I don't agree with you, but I'm glad you posted this

      merlyn's contribution to perlmonks and the perl community in general IS considerable. Maybe he's happy with his accomplishment, maybe he likes to share, maybe he felt chatty, maybe he's simply carrying on his own tradition of mentioning a benchmark moment on his time here. I certainly don't care why, nor does it bother me.

      You asked that if you were to post here about your 161th post, did merlyn think it would be voted up? In my opinion it probably would be! But its not like posting this he hoped about getting more XP. He's going to get ++'d anyhow for being who he is, he's going to get ++'d for the appreciation of others, he's going to get ++'d for respect from others, and he's going to get ++'d simply by chance because its on the frontpage....but all of this could hardly matter to someone with 490328402398420398 XP - not that it should really matter even if you had 200 XP.

      But, I do respect your opinion, and I respect that you posted that opinion here in this thread. Good for you even if you do get negative feedback.


      Sometimes personal opinions should be kept personal.

      No matter what my personal bias of merlyn is ... 2000 posts is a good acheivement ... and I commend him.

      I am not here to pass judgement on you either b/c we all have our own motives ... that is what makes us different ... and unique. I do feel however, that it is not good for the community as a whole to openly diss somebody for, I my mind, something that they are proud of.

      I would agree with you if the post by merlyn was arrogant, belittling, degrading, Holier than Thou, etc., but I did not see it as such and that is why I decided to reply to your post. We are all here to help each other and to learn in the process ... that is the bottm line ... that is why this site is far better then IRC (no egos and icons) ... and that is why I keep coming back.

      I have my opinon and you have yours ... and that was mine. If my view is clouded in this discussion then forgive me and this response is out of line.



      "We rock the body to rock the party ... until the party rocks the body"

      De La Soul

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