Comment: Re:rindolf v2.0 (Score 2, Insightful) on 2010.08.11 15:25
That's how #perl pretty much always was, since it became a social channel. Apparently mst and apeiron have ruined it, as this is apparently now standard practice.
It seems the norm for social forums to eventually adopt a kinder, gentler approach to outsiders (or easily-offended insiders) and with it goes the creativity and freedoms associated with it.
The days of #perl being a social channel are long gone. It is no longer a neighborhood pub (or even gym locker room) where informality and openness are welcome. Asking advice while sharing a beer and a ribald joke are right out. Yes, outsiders felt a little "left out" of the culture, but eventually they adapted (or left). Instead it's now a welcoming melting pot where the lowest-common-denominator determines what is acceptable behavior and what is not.
Pissy, narrow-minded enforcement is now the order of the day, and the deafening silence in there for hours at a stretch is the result.