|Keep It Simple, Stupid|
How can I help? (aka YAMMP)by FoxtrotUniform (Prior)
|on Jul 10, 2002 at 01:33 UTC||Need Help??|
That expands to Yet Another Monastery Milestone Post.
Earlier today, I noticed that I've been a Perl Monk for pretty much exactly a year now. (This is also my 256th post; I've noticed other people making a big deal out of posts at round numbers; what I can't figure out is why they pick round numbers in base ten. Perhaps they're just not quite as geeky as I am.) Somewhat to my surprise, I've become a Saint, and I've certainly benefitted greatly from the time I've spent here. I've learned new idioms, better coding practices (probably the most important thing you've had to teach me was the pervasive use of strict.pm and -w), enjoyed some fiendishly obfuscated code (I don't have much of a talent for it myself, but I love trying to decipher others' obfus), and most importantly found a place in a community of helpful, well-informed, and frequently brilliant Perl programmers.
There's just one problem: I don't feel that I've given enough back.
I don't tend to troll through Seekers of Perl Wisdom and answer the kind of run-of-the-mill questions that brought <assumption type="gratuitous">most </assumption> of us here. I don't have merlyn's or Ovid's (or japhy's or ...) patience in the face of an infinite number of "how do I build a regex to parse XML?" or "how do I parse CGI parameters without using a module?" or "(etc)" questions. I'm addicted to problems just beyond my reach... and until now I always thought of that as a virtue. I don't answer many Q&As; in fact, most of my nodes are replies to Meditations.
I'm not an editor. I'm not a pmdevil -- I'm vaguely interested in the Everything engine, but don't really have much of a reason to get to know it, and as I understand Perl Monks runs on a rather heavily modified Everything codebase. About my only regular contributions to the smooth daily running of the site are regular visits to Nodes to Consider.
I'm looking for ideas, and historically this is a pretty good place to find them.
How can I help?
And in genuine thanks that Perl Monks hasn't gone down the drain like Slashdot: "256th Post!"