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  • There were a few people who defended me on the message board, and Chatterbox wasn't as big a problem as you describe. I wasn't exactly expelled. Someone "considered" one of my posts in violation of the guidelines, and some monks who just barely were able to vote on it voted to "reap" it. Most of the higher monks recognized the injustice, and there was even a suggestion to repost my reaped post. A new rule was created to help prevent such unjust reaping in the future. I still said I was leaving. Then I was asked to suggest a solution that would satisfy me. I think I gave a few reasons for me wanting to leave anyway, and I left. So, in defense of Perlmonks, there are a good number of good monks, even if most of them think I'm wrong about technical matters, and there are a good number of bad ones. Basically, I left because I didn't like the ratio much, or the way things worked.

    ...Wassercrats displayed all these foibles to such an absurdly exaggerated degree that he allowed the onlookers at Perlmonks to fall under the completely deluded miscomprehension that they themselves were completely or even mostly free of them.

    The main problem was people's reaction my programming habits, such as not using strict. I would simply post code without strict and be attacked and I'd defend myself in a far more civilized manner than the ways of my attackers. Shortly before I left, I had a fairly civil debate--maybe the first civil one--about one of my programming habits, which ended with me agreeing that one of the benefits of using the conventional (at least to the perlmonks) method (might have been about using strict) might help me, but I think I made good points about the downside, which I honestly thought might outweigh the overall benefit of doing it the perlmonk way.

    Shortly after I left (I still read some posts), someone posted about experienced programmers he'd worked with who used one of my methods that the monks attacked me for. I didn't care enough to read the replies.

    It would be nice if this message board thing populated the subject field for you.

    Oh, and you know the new alternating background color in Chatterbox? I had that idea over a year ago. If Castaway still records Chatterbox conversations, she can look it up.