As a result of a mid-day chatterbox session, the idea came of using a few more religious terms around the Monastery:

Instead of a FAQ section, it would become "The Sacred Tomes"
Perl Poetry might become "Chants"
Q&A might be the "Scrolls of Knowledge"

I think y'all get the idea. I'm not very knowledgable about the religious trappings, etc, so suggest some appropriate mappings.

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RE: More monk-ish terminology
by buzzcutbuddha (Chaplain) on Jun 09, 2000 at 23:48 UTC
    I think that would be alright if it was an option to turn that on or off in our settings.
    I can only imagine someone coming and looking for answers and not being sure
    where to go. Personally I think it would be a cool idea though.
    • Perl Poetry => Koans || Psalms
    • FAQ => The Gospel
    Of course, thinking about this now, I wonder, do you want to follow the Christian model
    of religion, or would you want to look towards Buddhism, etc.
    Each would lend their own language to the site.
      Thats a good point. Is this a Christian monastery or a buddhist monastery? Or maybe its just a perl monastery, where maybe we should make up some of our own lingo. But I do agree that we should make the site more monastical.
        How would you make it more Perl-ical? I suppose we could call the FAQs "The Sacred Camel Droppings" or something, but somehow I just don't see it getting a properly respectful response. On the other hand, Saint Larry of Perl himself says Perl stands for Pathologically Eclectic Rubbish Lister. So, if it's Eclectic, we can use items from Buddhism and Christianity; if we do it to a fault, that's Pathologically. For Rubbish, there's Maleteen2000's JavaScript and Font Tag posts <SEG> (I kid because I care, you know) and for Lister, we'll just write "Smeg!" a lot and dress our cats in 70's liesure suits.

        It'd be going too far to make vroom wear an H on his forehead, though.

        Hey - it's Friday. Whadda ya want, serious answers? Pfui...

        - Ozymandias

        This is more of a Christian monastery since in the Buddhist culture there are no saints, bishops, or friars. At least as far as I know. Feel free to correct me if I am wrong.

        -- zdog (Zenon Zabinski)
           Go Bells!! ''

RE: More monk-ish terminology
by Corion (Pope) on Jun 09, 2000 at 23:42 UTC

    While these titles go very cool in the style of the site, they will make it harder for the uninitiated to find their way around. If I see "FAQ" somewhere, I know that I should look there before asking stoopid questions. If I see "The Sacred Tomes", I don't know that this will contain answers to my burning questions.

    So the sections must have names understandable to the "common folk", or we must update the Guide To The Monastery to include a translation and a content overview ...

      You could default to it being off while you are of Novice level, and automagically switch over at Acolyte. By then you've spent enough time around the site to become immersed in the culture. Or, as buzzcuttbuddha mentions, you could just turn it on or off.

      Since there is a sort of theme support, maybe you could choose the religion of your choice. Can I be a Reformed New Order Druid?

        Having themes and setting the defaults for Anonymous Monk and any Novice (or maybe up until level 2-3, so people have something to earn ;) ) to "netspeak", and above to some themable thing would be quite cool.

        About the theology/clergy question, I'd say either it would have to be complete themes from each kind of theology we come up with, or a mixture - which would both upset some people because "theirs" is not in or "in the wrong place" etc. - I'd like the themes approach better, as anyone can add easily descriptions for a new style of monastery.

RE: More monk-ish terminology
by Ovid (Cardinal) on Jun 10, 2000 at 01:14 UTC
    My 1.99999999999 cents:
    s/Snippets/Koans/; s/Newest Nodes/Revelations/; # Not intended in the Biblical sense, but + it might put off some a Christian or two s/Cool Uses For Perl/Good Karma/;