in reply to IRC vs. Newsgroups vs. Web Forums

To me, the greatest value of PerlMonks is the ability to research questions and problems. Then, if one can't find the answer in the archives, to ask the "experts".

When coding, it is frustrating to have to stop and research a problem when you know the answer is simple, just not within your own experience, and that if you had a Perl Guru sitting beside you, you could move on quickly. That is what I find extremely valuable about PerlMonks layout.

Flames and Holy Wars don't bother me, as I rarely if ever take part in them.