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  • by tye (1571) on 2001.06.01 13:31 (#1226)
    The situation that irks me in particular is when someone posts a bit of code, asks a question and the responder takes the time to stroke his ego by criticizing the poster's coding style, practice his golf a bit, and to force their idioms on the supplicant.

    Yes, you get more of that on PerlMonks [] than is necessary. But that isn't all that you get, either.

    The poster is told "NO, THAT'S WRONG", his code is savaged, his ego ripped to shreds , and the responder gets his superiority complex fed for a few more minutes.

    I've seen that on c.l.perl* (though I don't visit there much anymore, mostly for logistical reasons). But I have to say that I've seen nearly none of that on PerlMonks.

    I've seen some misunderstandings that usually get resolved. There are probably also misunderstandings where the questioner just stalks away. But I think even those are relatively rare and have more to do with the emotional state of the questioner, terseness of the answer, and the difficulty of text-only communication than any beligerant attitudes.

    Not that I think that PerlMonks is a great forum for asking questions that are answered well in the standard documentation. Sometimes such questions get answered nicely. But most posters to PerlMonks consider themselves members of a community and expect most questioners to at least be considering becoming members themselves. So answering a flood of "first-level support" questions isn't an expected part of the game.

    I think it is great that people want to create a "first-level support" for Perl. Like all such things, a lot of wrong answers will be given out as the people who do such work have to be chosen primarilly for their patience. If the forum is well designed, than most of the wrong answer will also get corrected.

    I'd love to see c.l.perl* becomes a more helpful and less confrontational place. I don't think it will ever be a great first-level support resource. PerlMonks certainly has room for improvement but overall I give it pretty high marks, though, again, it won't ever be great first-level support either.