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Re: PerlMonks for newbies?

by cutlass2006 (Pilgrim)
on Feb 10, 2009 at 12:12 UTC ( #742747=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to PerlMonks for newbies?

I think as with all websites, there is a bit that can be improved on PerlMonks.

The suggestions in this thread though seem to vacillate between evolution versus revolution. For those who want revolution, perhaps go make your own website ... even better if PerlMonks provided a data api to repurpose content to that site.

As for evolution, there is plenty that could be done e.g. what about starting off simply

  • provide options like textarea editing as a progressivly disclosed option
  • interact with larger community via twitter, delicious, web irc
  • ratonalize site navigation ... lots could be tweaked here
  • tweak content information especially categorization perhaps using colors
  • expose data via RESTful interface
  • add a 'Getting started with Perl'
  • freshen up the design ... higher readability
  • add appropriate high level bifurcations (like here is the route to Perl6 ) ... actually, I think posts could benefit from tagging (aka delicious)
Lastly I think PerlMonks could learn a trick or three from other sites ... for example stackoverflow is a good place to start looking.

Of course, everyone has their own opinion of what should be done ... and 'design by committee' sometimes makes something no one likes, but I think there are a number of things that could be done to make the site more accessible to all users, newbie or otherwise

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Re^2: PerlMonks for newbies?
by Corion (Pope) on Feb 10, 2009 at 12:15 UTC

    Regarding Twitter, there is Perlnews which seems to broadcast all new (root?) nodes from Perlmonks onto Twitter.

      twitter may just be this years '8 track tape player' or the latest in a long line of internet 'fashion'... won't be long until advertising will probably make people flee to some other communication space ... in the meantime, would be dead simple for PerlMonks to take advantage of it.

      Instead of using it as just a place to have a broadcast firehose ... why not something a bit more personal and engaging e.g. humans tweeting .. I sometimes think the analogy of commentator (as in sports) works with tweeting, e.g. would be interesting to get perspective of whats going on with PerlMonks right now ... I would also recommend following all the people who follow you.

        shhh! must know info: cutlass2006 just cut one :)


Re^2: PerlMonks for newbies?
by parv (Vicar) on Feb 11, 2009 at 02:18 UTC
    The stackoverflow site is horrendously slow to scroll (vertically with either the keyboard or the mouse) in Firefox 2.x, 3 & Opera 9.x. Disabling JavaScript alone does not ameliorate; disabling all CSS (with or without disabling JavaScript) seems to help much.

      yes stackoverflow has its problems as well ... my point was to look at what it is doing correctly and consider how this could be applied to PerlMonks.

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