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Re^3: Better Days?

by Anonymous Monk
on Apr 11, 2012 at 22:54 UTC ( #964648=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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in thread Better Days?

I guess what I'm trying to say is that there's always going to be people at each of the various points on the path of learning Perl--it seems to me that it's alright if where you are on the path right now is not a place where you'd want to help the absolute newbies out. There other monks at places on the path that are much closer--they are probably willing to help!

Where are they? It seems there are less questions being asked and less people to effectively answer them at each level. Not just compared to ten years ago but even two or three years ago.

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Re^4: Better Days?
by bitingduck (Chaplain) on Apr 12, 2012 at 03:44 UTC

    Where are they?

    They're not on looking as often as the people who have seen the questions a hundred or a thousand times.

    I treat SOPW as a source for little drills to either learn new things or get more practice at things that should be automatic but aren't because I don't spend all day coding in Perl (or anything else for that matter). I don't code for a living, but on and off for work and for side projects, and came back to perlmonks 5 or 6 years after I first registered to finally ask a question. I got a good answer that has served me well since then: "don't try to generate XML with string concatenation. use an xml writer." (phrased a bit more entertainingly). That was the right answer without solving my problem for me.

    I usually take a look in the morning, and a few looks in the evening to see if there are any problems that I can either address right off or solve in a reasonable amount of time. For the ones that are really easy, they seem to get answered by the regulars who don't even phone it in- they seem to have a script that sits and scans for new posts and spits out the solution with the correct substitutions within a minute or so after the initial post.

    If you're tired of answering them, leave them a little longer and someone like me might come along and post a response and be less annoyed doing it. I've been programming for years (decades) but mostly for things where it was just part of getting some other primary thing done, often for data acquisition and control. I started doing some web stuff a while back because I had side things I wanted to do, and have used Perl on and off for a while. There's been very little that I couldn't solve on my own between the Llama, the Owl, the Camel, and a bit of google. I'll probably give an answer that's technically correct, but idiomatically strange and you can entertain yourselves by making fun of my C accent.

    And the questions that always amaze me are the ones where it took more effort to type and format the question and come back and look for a response than it would have to type a 4 word search in google. Plus the extra time waiting for a response. With those I at least try to point out where in the manual I found it for them.

Re^4: Better Days?
by BrowserUk (Pope) on Apr 11, 2012 at 23:53 UTC
    It seems there are less questions being asked

    And do you put that down to this place has become too tolerant of badly phrased and/or easy questions?

    Or because such questions are routinely greeted with a barrage of WHYT/RTFM/LMGTFY first responses?

    With the rise and rise of 'Social' network sites: 'Computers are making people easier to use everyday'
    Examine what is said, not who speaks -- Silence betokens consent -- Love the truth but pardon error.
    "Science is about questioning the status quo. Questioning authority".
    In the absence of evidence, opinion is indistinguishable from prejudice.

    The start of some sanity?

      Different Anonymous here

      I would say its partly due to introduction of stackoverflow with its broader focus and better voting system -- its like a superstore , one stop shopping all the way :) even with its lower volume of perl questions, its still got merlyn / ikegami / Corion ... posting regularly . For some things, no matter where you go, its the same persons answering the question, esp perl, but stackoverflow has cpan authors as members that were never perlmonks

      Yes, I would say it's the bowing to etiquette before solving problems issue. There are a few here who have designated themselves the Hall Monitor and, I believe, chased a lot of people away. I think the OP's point about how members reacted to the troll last summer didn't help either.
        Thank you for understanding what I was attempting to say!

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