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Question to all Anonymous Monks: why you do not register?

by silimonk (Acolyte)
on Aug 17, 2001 at 07:31 UTC ( #105611=monkdiscuss: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

I was lurking around Perl Monastery for a while anonymously, then I decided: what a heck! I like it here, so I'll fix myself own account, fresh and free!

So I want to ask other monks, participating anonymously: WHY?
What is a reason you decided not register, just lurk around as ghosts, asking questions, enjoying fruits of this excellent community, but not willing to tell us even your name?

Are you afraid your perl skills are not high enough? Are you afraid of being flamed? Please tell me!

silimonk

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Re: Question to all Anonymous Monks: why you do not register?
by busunsl (Vicar) on Aug 17, 2001 at 11:53 UTC
    I think a lot of the AM's are just like bladx says, they don't have the time or just won't get involved.

    Have a look at the statistics.

    Currently there are about 2040 users that NEVER logged in and about 5400 logged in ONCE with no writeups.
    That makes about 70% inactive users.

    With a rate of about 800 new users per month these figures will constantly increase.

    No, I wouldn't encourage AM's to become regeistered.
    If they want to be part of the comunity, they will become part of it.
    If they just want answers, they will get answers as AM's as well as registered users.

    Just my 0.02

      I tend to give a little bit of encouragement when replying to an AM post, and explain how it can help them -- they might not realise they get notified of replies (et al) or get to customise anything if they log in.

      --
      RatArsed

Re: Question to all Anonymous Monks: why you do not register?
by bladx (Chaplain) on Aug 17, 2001 at 08:30 UTC
    Well, silimonk my guess as to why there are many anonymous users here is due to the possible following reasons:
    1. Perhaps they don't have enough time to hang out in the monastery, etc.
    2. Maybe they just want to ask questions and get answers, and skip the "community" part.
    3. And finally, maybe they just don't consider being part of this community worth much (it's just a possibility.)
    You may be right about certain anonymous monks possibly thinking they don't have a high enough degree of Perl mastered, or are afraid of getting their questions beaten down by s/anyone/everyone , and thus they decide just not to register, or even log in (if already registered.)

    Of course, some people want to register just so they can get really high XP points, while having a lot of those doesn't make you that much smarter in Perl than the next person, it is more of just a little game. (It of course is decided by who is around here more often and posting more stuff sometimes.)

    I think that with this question, the same people that just want to have an answer to a quick Perl question answered fast, without having to log in, or worry about other variables, like being flamed, etc.

    Over all, I really doubt that those who already practice the arts of being an anonymous monk will really stop doing that and register. Then again, maybe they didn't want to help out this community in the first place, and perhaps aren't necessary.

    That's just my opinion ^^;

    Andy Summers
Re: Question to all Anonymous Monks: why you do not register?
by kjherron (Pilgrim) on Aug 17, 2001 at 23:51 UTC
    I didn't register until a week ago, so I suppose I can give you a first-person answer.

    As some of the others have suggested, I didn't make a conscious decision to avoid registering; I just didn't see much point. I'm pretty comfortable with perl and can research my problems, so I haven't had to ask any questions. I'm not drawn to a lot of the community activities (golf, poetry, etc.) & haven't met any of the perl movers & shakers. I don't muck with perl's internals & haven't contributed anything to CPAN. This cuts me out of most of the activity on this site.

    So I would typically come to the site to see what's on the front page, same as slashdot, techdirt, and a bunch of other sites I frequent. But I didn't see any point in registering; it'd just be another password to remember for no benefit (I've never registered for slashdot either, though I've probably been checking it a few times a day for the past several years).

    I do feel a certain calling to mentor other people. I read usenet a couple of days a week, so virtually all of the good questions are answered by the time I see them.

    I couldn't tell you exactly what made me register. A vague sense that I should make more of an effort to get involved, probably combined with a specific question that I saw and wanted to answer. Oh, and I didn't like the default white background, and registering was the only way to change it (seriously).

Re: Question to all Anonymous Monks: why you do not register?
by little (Curate) on Aug 17, 2001 at 10:15 UTC
    Your question implies that there was a decision not to register. But I guess that there might have not been a decision to register or not.
    And btw. by asking a question of the kind as yours you already started flaming the anonymous.
    Well, If someone says: "No, I don't like to." or "No, I prefer not to ...", so whats the problem for us to accept?
    I registered cause I am selfish. I wanted others to know about me.
    However, there might have already been a poll about reasons to register or not. Uhm, if not, we might see it.

    Have a nice day
    All decision is left to your taste
      I did not intended to start flame wars. But somehow I did, I lost 2 XP points what I got before... It hurts... :-(

      I was just curious. If somebody felt my question was not appropriate, sorry about that. I thought for a monk -initiate as myself, asking silly question is tolerable. Silly me.

      OK, I was mistaken, I can get over that. I do not know perl too much, so I cannot advise others. So I will just shut up, if abbot like little thinks it is way here in PM.

      I looked in the poll you advised, and did not find anything. Are these polls only for higher levels? but forget about it, another silly question, more XP points deducted...:-(

      Yeah, I'll just shup up for now.

      silimonk

        I have no idea if there ever was such a poll. But as stated we might get one or not. But it's not important, as I think along with others that the main reason to come here is to learn more about perl.
        No need to shut up. Go ahead asking. :-)

        Have a nice day
        All decision is left to your taste
      there might have already been a poll about reasons to register or not. Uhm, if not, we might see it.

      :) That would be interesting, if only Anonymous Monk could vote in polls!!

      Error: Keyboard not attached. Press F1 to continue.
Re: Question to all Anonymous Monks: why you do not register?
by eejack (Hermit) on Aug 17, 2001 at 15:51 UTC
    I always thought the infamous Anonymous Monk was just a very prolific and schizophrenic fellow, perhaps related to the very famous Player to be Named Later in baseball.

    EEjack

Re: Question to all Anonymous Monks: why you do not register?
by MZSanford (Curate) on Aug 17, 2001 at 17:00 UTC
    <joke> because the man is after them, and they cannot have there identity revealed </joke>
    in honesty, i don't really think it is my place to interrigate them ... the reasons thay have for not joining are as valid as mine for joining.
    always more than one way to skin an amoebae
    -- MZSanford
Re: Question to all Anonymous Monks: why you do not register?
by trantor (Chaplain) on Aug 17, 2001 at 13:36 UTC

    So I want to ask other monks, participating anonymously: WHY?

    My guess is that they're mainly interested in quick technical questions and answers, so they won't even read your question ;-)

    -- TMTOWTDI

Re: Question to all Anonymous Monks: why you do not register?
by Anonymous Monk on Aug 17, 2001 at 21:05 UTC
    I don't know, How to keep my login on multiple machine
    Currently it also logs me out after first login
    ???

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