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Thursday June 29, 2006
10:17 AM


[ #30093 ]

I'm not sure where I got the link from, but a few weeks ago I joined IT Toolbox's perl-l mailing list. As some of you know, I have a habit of hanging around on the outskirts of the Perl world trying to persuade people into the core Perl community. I thought I'd be able to answer a few questions and point a few people at places like Perl Monks.

After a few days, I realised that the list was very quiet. I answered a couple of questions. Time passed. And then the list moderator sent an email to the list that contained nothing about Perl - it was just an advert for some proprietary technology. And then yesterday it happened again. It seems that every week the moderator sends out an email advertising something completely non-Perl related. I sent an email in response saying that I thought that was a bit strange and pointing people at some alternative sources of Perl help and advice that wouldn't try to sell you anything.

Today I got a response from the list moderator telling me that my message was rejected as "messages that do not stick to the topic of discussion are not permitted". I had a good chuckle to myself at that.

So I'm going to unsubscribe from the list. There were probably people who I could have helped, but it's too much hassle if the list moderator is censoring me all the time. If you're ever tempted to join the perl-l community then my advice is not to bother.

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  • I just went there and in the annoying pop up subscription box it says "no spam".. maybe they mean "only carefully selected spam that we are paid to send".

    If it's quiet, I don't mind subscribing and gmail can filter out their spam so it won't annoy me.

    @JAPH = qw(Hacker Perl Another Just);
    print reverse @JAPH;