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poll ideas quest 2015

by pollsters (Initiate)
on Jan 01, 2015 at 08:45 UTC ( [id://1111897]=quest: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
Quest starts at:Jan 01, 2015 at 05:00 UTC
Quest ends at:Dec 31, 2015 at 05:00 UTC

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First, read How do I create a Poll?. Then suggest your poll here. Complete ideas are more likely to be used.

Note that links may be used in choices but not in the title.

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Re: poll ideas quest 2015 (Priority Queues)
by Corion (Patriarch) on Jun 18, 2015 at 14:52 UTC

    The top three priorities of my open tasks are / I triage incoming tasks into (in descending order of likelyhood to be worked on)

    • Priority 1, Priority 2, Priority 3
    • urgent, important, favour
    • data loss, bug, enhancement
    • Priority 1, Priority 0, Priority -1
    • out of scope, out of budget, out of line
    • family, friends, work
    • impossible, inconceivable, implemented
      • $work/required, $work/fun, $work/annoying, $work/revolting, $hobby/required, $hobby/fun, $hobby/needed

        Being able to do my hobby during working hours, I always have to weigh how much of the time spent in hobby projects (read: CPAN modules) will return into net time-win for my $work daily job. For me there is a thin line between $work/fun and $hobby/required as I use much of my $hobby projects in my $work.

      • boss, colleagues, $self
      • partner, kids, $self

        It is nice to have someone else to set your priorities, both at work and home :)

      Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn
        boss, colleagues, $self

        This reminds me of the "JOY" mnemonic sometimes taught in Christian circles: Jesus; Others; Yourself.

      impossible, inconceivable, implemented
      add "incomprehensible"
Re: poll ideas quest 2015 (keyboard)
by Arunbear (Prior) on Jan 22, 2015 at 15:17 UTC
    Which keyboard layout do you prefer?
    • Qwerty
    • Dvorak
    • Colemak
    • Other
    Any others?

      Any others?

      Keyboard layout

      I distinctly remember having seen alphabetic keyboards in the past, and thosedid not make it to Wikipedia, like:


      Cheers, Sören

      Créateur des bugs mobiles - let loose once, run everywhere.
      (hooked on the Perl Programming language)

      Not that I've ever been able to afford one, but:



      John Davies

      .. a configurable one?

      There are no rules, there are no thumbs..
      Reinvent the wheel, then learn The Wheel; may be one day you reinvent one of THE WHEELS.

        Costing over $1000 and requiring 256 MB of RAM. It's out of production, replced by this one.

Re: poll ideas quest 2015 (letters on keyboard)
by Corion (Patriarch) on Oct 23, 2015 at 17:21 UTC

        I used ℵ for Aleph One, which roughly is "one more than (countable) infinity" :-)

      9. 62 - I use a russian tty

      perl -le'print map{pack c,($-++?1:13)+ord}split//,ESEL'
Re: poll ideas quest 2015
by Discipulus (Canon) on Jan 01, 2015 at 16:50 UTC
    can I link here my proposal made in last days of 2014?
    or is this inappropriate?

    There are no rules, there are no thumbs..
    Reinvent the wheel, then learn The Wheel; may be one day you reinvent one of THE WHEELS.
      You certainly can, though there's not much need to (it is still remembered :)

        Double-duty on that last parenthesis. It's both a closing parenthesis and the mouth of the smiley. Are you allowed to do that?

        When putting a smiley right before a closing parenthesis, do you:

        • Use two parentheses: (Like this: :) )
        • Use one parenthesis: (Like this: :)
        • Reverse direction of the smiley: (Like this: (: )
        • Other
        • I'm getting dizzy

        Posted as When putting a smiley right before a closing parenthesis, do you:

Re: poll ideas quest 2015 (TV remote)
by davies (Prior) on Mar 05, 2015 at 13:34 UTC

    In my house, the TV remote control is...

  • Nonexistent; I don't have TV
  • Lost
  • Under my control; I watch alone
  • Under my control unless someone wants to die
  • Under my control unless someone fights
  • Under the control of whoever shouts loudest
  • Under another's control unless I fight
  • Under another's control unless I want to die
  • We have lots of remotes & the TV's schitzophrenic
  • Regards,

    John Davies

      A few tweaks: "In my house," is either exclusive or redundant. Also, there's a mixture of ideas here. It starts off with location and continues with control. "I watch alone" and "unless someone wants to die" are pretty much the same option. Perhaps, you have two separate ideas:

      The TV remote control is under the control of:

      My TV remote control can be found:

Re: poll ideas quest 2015
by karlgoethebier (Abbot) on Oct 02, 2015 at 21:37 UTC

    Inspired by jeffa: "marinersk is Intrepid's sock puppet. Lady_Aleena is another one of Intrepid's sock puppets. These are all the same person using different accounts. Notice how you cannot verify any of them as real people. oiskuu might be, but is probably just tye or ikegami or BrowserUk's sock puppet."

    Do you have a sock puppet on PM? [] Yes (Tell us more about your identities.) [] No (Why do you ask?)

    «The Crux of the Biscuit is the Apostrophe»

      [] What is a sock puppet? [] I am a sock puppet myself [] Sock puppets are just an illusion
Re: poll ideas quest 2015
by ww (Archbishop) on Mar 31, 2015 at 16:10 UTC

      I still have the M6800 assembly manual, but what I really miss in this list is a Unix book, like

      At home, in the attick, I must also have the three volume bound version of the System III manuals.

      Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn

      > I'm not doing it here to maintain the integrity (and missed opportunities) of this node.

      /me is confused. What does that mean? Do you mean that you don't want to change the list chronologically, or just at all? Or does it mean that you want a clear record of who added what? That's doesn't sound right as you can keep those noted with update remarks. I'm so confused.

        Clear record. Hope that clarifies, but by way of explanation:

        I did not chose to edit suggestions from others into a node I created because that would be tantamount to plagarism or fraud. And yes, I could put edit markup in while aligning other contributions chronologically, but that might make the list less easily readable... and should OGB decide to use this one, would almost certainly make doing so more work for him.

Re: poll ideas quest 2015 (Abroad)
by Arunbear (Prior) on Feb 02, 2015 at 16:55 UTC
Re: poll ideas quest 2015 (temperature scale)
by chacham (Prior) on Aug 05, 2015 at 13:36 UTC
      Lovely. I also like the page linked from Delisle: Conversion of units of temperature (especially the graph farther down the page).
      لսႽ† ᥲᥒ⚪⟊Ⴙᘓᖇ Ꮅᘓᖇ⎱ Ⴙᥲ𝇋ƙᘓᖇ

        Yeah, wp can be useful at times. I used it to find the items of the list, but, at first, it did take a bit of clicking to find where they were listed.

Re: poll ideas quest 2015 (moon rope)
by Pope-O-Matik (Pilgrim) on Oct 18, 2015 at 19:53 UTC
Re: poll ideas quest 2015 (Speed)
by Arunbear (Prior) on Oct 20, 2015 at 11:10 UTC
    When Perl is not fast enough, I'm most likely to reach for:
    • Assembly
    • C
    • C++
    • Java
    • Ocaml
    • Rust
    • Other tech (please specify)

      Why leave perl?

      • XS

      Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn
    • It's never happened to me.
      لսႽ† ᥲᥒ⚪⟊Ⴙᘓᖇ Ꮅᘓᖇ⎱ Ⴙᥲ𝇋ƙᘓᖇ
      When I want more speed, I use a tank of AV-gas and a nitromethane bottle.

      I Go Back to Sleep, Now.


        When I want more speed, I use a tank of AV-gas and a nitromethane bottle.


        For those who're not getting it, this is a Mad Max: Fury Road joke.

        And when i think of nitro, i think of Super Off Road. Though, i preferred the wheels upgrade.

Re: poll ideas quest 2015 (xp/writeups ratio)
by chacham (Prior) on Feb 04, 2015 at 17:40 UTC

        Nice! Added.

        I'm curious to understand how some people have very few posts, but have so much XP. I'm only singling out cguevara here because I saw they have only one post as they're on the same screenful of Saints in our Book as I am. However, there are other users with say 5 or 10 posts with high XP as well.

        It doesn't look like it's due to grandfathering from A Level Playing Field, as some of these users hadn't appeared here on PM until well after those changes.

        Can someone please point out why this is so?

      • 757 (yes - I am back!)
Re: poll ideas quest 2015 (Who decides?)
by Arunbear (Prior) on Mar 05, 2015 at 12:09 UTC
    Who makes your decisions?
    • I make decisions, and my brain carries them out
    • My brain makes the decisions, and I observe them (if I'm lucky)
    • I make some decisions, and my brain makes others
    i.e. are the conscious self and the unconscious brain equal or unequal partners?

      This poll has potential :-)

      • my wife makes decisions and I and my brain carry them out
      • i wrote a perl-program to relieve me and my brain from the burden of decision-making
        Excellent! Thank you (and to all other responders).

      ...on which I just have to add this famous observation of...

      • I do something, wonder what I am doing and then my brain kicks in and tells me I had made the decision before I did the deed.

      ... which ultimatively says that free will is all just a trick of the mind, as some people come to think.

      And the most unhappy schizoid version:

      • I decide, my brain kicks in to revert that, I then do something else. I realize what just happened and react emotionally at the inability of getting my wants and deeds to line up.

      Oh well, this cropped up. Better not put it in a poll.

      Cheers, Sören

      Créateur des bugs mobiles - let loose once, run everywhere.
      (hooked on the Perl Programming language)

      • The black helicopter people project the decisions into my brain
              (unless I remember to wear my tinfoil hat) and then I do as ordered.


      • Cogito, ergo sum. (Descartes)
              (... but what if what I think are my thoughts are merely some other entity's fantasies?)

      Quis custodiet ipsos custodes. Juvenal, Satires

      • I don't make decisions, or do i?
      • My leader (parent, president, priest, rabbi, imam, yogi, etc..)
      • My Magic 8-Ball
      • I just do whatever the next guy does
      • I'm incarcerated
      • I can't decide
Re: poll ideas quest 2015 (replies order)
by choroba (Cardinal) on Mar 05, 2015 at 12:21 UTC

    Replies Order

    How do you order replies on PerlMonks? (Check User Settings.)
    • Newest First
    • Oldest First
    • Best First
    • Whatever is the default
    لսႽ† ᥲᥒ⚪⟊Ⴙᘓᖇ Ꮅᘓᖇ⎱ Ⴙᥲ𝇋ƙᘓᖇ
Re: poll ideas quest 2015 (Borg)
by Arunbear (Prior) on Jan 21, 2015 at 16:07 UTC
      I didn't know the Borgachev one. I laughed.
      لսႽ† ᥲᥒ⚪⟊Ⴙᘓᖇ Ꮅᘓᖇ⎱ Ⴙᥲ𝇋ƙᘓᖇ

      Leader is ambiguous. Do you mean who the leader is in title? That's definitely the queen. Or do you mean who is really in control? That is unclear, as the queen was not really defined and there is a collective that definitely affects what they do.

        I mean - who is really in control ? ("Leader" is just a more concise way of saying that IMHO).
Re: poll ideas quest 2015 (tea)
by ambrus (Abbot) on Jun 08, 2015 at 11:49 UTC
    • White?
      لսႽ† ᥲᥒ⚪⟊Ⴙᘓᖇ Ꮅᘓᖇ⎱ Ⴙᥲ𝇋ƙᘓᖇ

      I'd also choose Earl-Gray^WBlack, though a nice green-mint will do fine on a warm afternoon.

      I think you missed the "Whatever color the taste gives it" category, like fruit-teas (Mango, Strawberry, Pineapple & Lemon, Blackcurrant, ...), spice-teas (Cinnamon, Caramel, Vanilla, ...) and other vague flavors like "Rooibos", "Double Green" (green tea with cuecumber), "Turkish Apple" or "Minty Morocco" where nobody really knows what is making the tea tastes as weird as it does.

      Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn

      14! :)

      Earl Grey? A quick search shows it is a color. Though, the tea itself, apparently, is a flavor. This is much too confusing.

Re: poll ideas quest 2015 (coding sin)
by chacham (Prior) on Sep 11, 2015 at 14:11 UTC

        Added the final four. Not sure i'd consider the first two "sins," though. The former is demanded, at times. The latter is an honest mistake. There's a difference between those and sins, right? :)

        For me, it’s mostly inadequate testing.

        Isn't that what users are for? Er, i mean, "beta."

Re: poll ideas quest 2015: what about OffTopic posts
by Discipulus (Canon) on Jun 25, 2015 at 08:58 UTC
    Ok this is a serious one:

    Question:What about OffTopic posts?

    Prologue (optional):we recently had a big discussion about this topic and many things were said. Even if at the moment no one has the time to implement something new, might be worth to know if the community in his whole agree or not about the necessity, positivness, urgence, possibility to modify a little our beloved site.
    • is better to avoid them
    • i like as is: sometimes are accepted other times rejected
    • is sufficient have them tagged in the title with a leading [OT]
    • a dedicated section will be better

    Please correct the English of this poll, if incorrect. The meaning is clear.

    There are no rules, there are no thumbs..
    Reinvent the wheel, then learn The Wheel; may be one day you reinvent one of THE WHEELS.
      There are two distinct ideas here: 1) whether off-topic content is welcome, and 2) does such content warrant a new section. How about starting with the former idea e.g.

      Would you welcome more off-topic content at PerlMonks?

      • No
      • Yes, but only if restricted to certain subjects
      • Yes, with no restrictions on content
        hello Arunbear,

        mixing two ideas is not always a bad thing, in my opinion. My four proposed options give a wide range of possible opinions without restricting the poll to a referendum - plebiscite -ballot question about off topicness.

        mixing the two ideas in the same poll may reveal better, imho, the common sense here at perlmonks: a strong prevalence of option 1 and 4 (the edges) will be very significant as will be a gausssian distribution across 1-4. Forcing to choose in a wider context can be revelatory exactly because you must choice only one thing.

        That said you too insert an off topic section with no restriction on the content, a different idea that, always in my humble opionion, can be very misleading in the results: i followed a bit recent or not so recent threads about off topic posts and i found no mention to subject absolutely not related to Perl programming computing: i think no monks want a section where i can post about 'fine adjust of carburattors of kawasaki unitrack' near to a post about C or java.

        Is quite normal for me and others ask here at perlmonks, let's pretend, about a jquery function (to embed in Dancer driven website), because we know the quality of partecipants. It seems reasonable for example ask about C because Perl can use it, aside of the Inline dinasty, in XS modules and many elder partecipants are expert in C too.

        Imagine for a while the possible results with your 3 questions: a strong prevalence of options 1 and 2, a fistfull of humor votes for option 3; what you understand better about Perlmonks partecipants after the poll? probably nothing.

        Thanks anyway for your attention

        There are no rules, there are no thumbs..
        Reinvent the wheel, then learn The Wheel; may be one day you reinvent one of THE WHEELS.

        If off-topic is restricted to certain content, it, ex post facto, becomes on-topic. If that were the case, the section would require a different name.


      ++ and thanks!


      "Well done is better than well said." - Benjamin Franklin

        No, i'm firmly persuaded is best to ask about OT only, for this time. Anyway your propositions are worth, in the case, subsequent polls.
        There are no rules, there are no thumbs..
        Reinvent the wheel, then learn The Wheel; may be one day you reinvent one of THE WHEELS.
Re: poll ideas quest 2015 (sleep on the)
by chacham (Prior) on Oct 26, 2015 at 14:32 UTC

    I sleep (on/in a(n)/the):

    • air mattress
    • bed
    • couch
    • desk
    • everywhere
    • futon
    • ground (or floor)
    • hammock
    • incline
    • jail
    • keyboard
    • left side
    • mattress
    • night
    • out
    • pillow
    • quilt
    • right side
    • sofa
    • too much
    • upside down
    • very well, thank you
    • wherever (and whenever) i can
    • xerox machine
    • yacht
    • zzz....
      • ...
      • bedroll
      • hay pile
      • Pray, what is this "sleep" you speak of?
      • until SIGALRM


        Unfortunately, that's when i sleep until, not what i sleep on. Now, if you can replace the u or x, or a few other, please do. :)



      John Davies

      • lack of coffee

      perl -le'print map{pack c,($-++?1:13)+ord}split//,ESEL'
      - on a pile of books merlyn wrote.



        Fixed. Thank you. :)

        You're right, oops. Thank you.

        I usually search, but some polls are so hard to find, especially with common words. I should have searched Past Polls separately.

Re: poll ideas quest 2015 (finding answers)
by chacham (Prior) on Jul 09, 2015 at 13:34 UTC

    After finding the answer to my question, i keep on looking because there might be:

    • Another answer
    • A better answer
    • A more complete answer
    • A golfed answer
    • A pros/cons list of the answers
    • Usage details
    • Something funny
    • Something wrong (that must be corrected)
    • I'm just curious to see what people attempted
    • If it works, i stop looking
    • Other

    Inspired by this thread.

    Not really similar to this idea.

      • A golfed answer
      • An answer using a hitherto unknown CPAN module to solve the problem in an unseen and cool manner
      • A link to an answer at xkcd
      • A stunning answer solving the problem in a (though not mentioned as being of some such in the OP) RDBMS, LDAP, XML, web technology, perl data language, crypto or similar context
      • A wrong answer that needs corrective measures real urgently
      • Trolls trolling further down the thread
      • A shiny perl6 solution

      Cheers, Sören

      Créateur des bugs mobiles - let loose once, run everywhere.
      (hooked on the Perl Programming language)

        Added "Wrong answer". To me, the others seem to be covered in the options already provided.

        Specifically, Perl6, CPAN, and stunning, are either "A better answer" or "Another answer." But, updated "Another Answer" with a link to TMTOWTDI. xkcd:// is included in "Something funny." Trolls is included in "Something funny" or the now included "Something wrong". I am ashamed to say i do not know what "A golfed answer" means. Though, i seem to vaguely recall the term.

        I'm not against any of the options though. They're all fine. Perhaps you can justify them a little, or otherwise make them different? :)

Re: poll ideas quest 2015
by chacham (Prior) on May 15, 2015 at 15:09 UTC

    I am most annoyed when people say ___ when they really meant ___:

    • methodology/method
    • references/refers to
    • language/platform
    • function/method
    • will/might
    • continuous/continual
    • less/fewer
    • like/as
    • which/that
    • who/whom
    • literally/virtually
    • to/about
    • utilize/use
    • inside of/inside
    • x in their native tongue/x in the conversation's tongue
      • yes/no
      • will/might

        will/might is a good one. I wonder if yes/no has more to do with subversion.

      something in their own language / to say something in the language we are having a conversation

      Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn

        On a side note, i heard some Indian's discuss using the local language out of politeness. I find that more intriguing than the actual result.

        The which/that issue is one on which I strongly disagree with the style guide writers. The Guardian's style guide, espousing the majority view, says:

        This is quite easy, really: "that" defines, "which" gives extra information (often in a clause enclosed by commas)

        This is literally bass-ackwards. It is the comma -- and the comma alone -- which determines whether the clause is restrictive or nonrestrictive. Furthermore, when the clause is nonrestrictive (i.e. it is set off with commas), only "which" is correct. In restrictive clauses, either can be used, and most people seem to prefer "that"; but I maintain that "which" is often a better choice, at least in formal writing.

        I have logic on my side. "Which" is close grammatical kin to "who", "where", "when", and so on. When using these other words, it's obvious that only commas make the difference between restrictive and nonrestrictive sense. Also, "which" can be used in prepositional phrases just as "whom" (etc.) can, but "that" cannot. So even granting that one should use "that" for a restrictive clause, one still must switch to using "which" when it follows a preposition. Example: "Websites that get hacked..." but "Websites for which no security..." "That" is a completely unnecessary word. We're better off just using "which" in all cases.

        There is plenty of precedent to support my view.

        • Abraham Lincoln -- generally considered to be a pretty literate guy -- was quite consistent in the usage I promote.
        • The authors of the U.S. Constitution had no qualms about using "which" for restrictive clauses: "This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof..." and at least five other instances, not counting those where the clause is prepositional. (To be fair, there is also one instance of using "that" for a restrictive clause in the Constitution).
        • Similarly, George Washington, in his First Inaugural Address, uses "which" 17 times, "that" twice.
        • In the first two Federalist Papers, "which" is used eleven times, and "that" is never used.
        • In the Declaration of Independence, "which" is used six times, "that" never.
        • William Jennings Bryan, in his famous Cross of Gold speech, uses "which" 14 times, "that" once.
        • Taft, in his Inaugural Address, uses "which" 28 times, "that" 8 times.
        • Winston Churchill, in his Their Finest Hour speech, uses "which" 20 times, "that" twice.

        (To reiterate: I'm only counting non-prepositional restrictive clauses, i.e. those places where "that" could reasonably substitute for "which".)

        It's one thing to suggest that using "which" for restrictive clauses may lead to language so overly formal that it sounds odd to modern speakers; it's quite another to insist that the use of "which" for restrictive clauses is wrong and must be stamped out.

        I reckon we are the only monastery ever to have a dungeon stuffed with 16,000 zombies.

        “There are less active monks than there used to be.”

        They'll be the older more mature ones I'll bet, You tend to get a lot less nimble on your feet as the years progress alas!

        Some words are not wrong, per se. They just don't sound right due to personal taste, e.g., right/correct. A friend of mine is quite particular about who/whom, though i only care when i can correct someone about its usage. :)

        I wonder if it makes sense to list words that are "wrong", e.g., literally.

    • Speak to/speak about
    • Speak with/speak to
    • Stand by for updates...

    • Try and/try to
    • Inside of/inside
    • PERL/Perl
    • More updates may come...

    • English/American (& if any Americans want to put up their own counter-suggestion, they're welcome)
    • English/British (I'm a Welshman & I'm sure there are other examples, like ...)
    • French/Belgian
    • Without precluding further updates, there's a lovely list at


      John Davies

        Please give an example. I don't think i've heard the former, and the latter doesn't sound like it makes a difference.

        Of course, if i wasn't running out in a minute, i would likely take more time to understand. :)

        I think that should be literally/figuratively.

        Personally, i would want them to remove the word entirely, but virtually is likely a good replacement.

Re: poll ideas quest 2015
by chacham (Prior) on Jan 22, 2015 at 15:33 UTC

    When a movie deviates from the book or vice versa, which is canon:

    • The book
    • The movie
    • Whichever came first
    • Whichever came last
    • Whichever has more fans
    • Both
    • Neither
    • Who cares
Re: poll ideas quest 2015
by Pope-O-Matik (Pilgrim) on Dec 31, 2015 at 11:39 UTC
      Many. I roll my socks before putting them into the drawer.
      ($q=q:Sq=~/;[c](.)(.)/;chr(-||-|5+lengthSq)`"S|oS2"`map{chr |+ord }map{substrSq`S_+|`|}3E|-|`7**2-3:)=~y+S|`+$1,++print+eval$q,q,a,

      Mine have letters on them for Left and Right (standard on Falke socks)

      Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn

      Not that I own any of those, but I've seen socks with push-buttons to stick them together. Thought it might complement both my previous poster's posts...

      Cheers, Sören

      Créateur des bugs mobiles - let loose once, run everywhere.
      (hooked on the Perl Programming language)

Re: poll ideas quest 2015 (chocolate)
by ambrus (Abbot) on May 04, 2015 at 07:15 UTC
      • Carob1

      1 “carob is a brown powder made from the pulverized fruit of a Mediterranean evergreen. Some consider carob an adequate substitute for chocolate because it has some similar nutrients (calcium, phosphorus), and because it can, when combined with vegetable fat and sugar, be made to approximate the color and consistency of chocolate. Of course, the same arguments can as persuasively be made in favor of dirt.”
      Sandra Boynton, Chocolate: The Consuming Passion (quote sourced from here)

      SCNR :-)

      Athanasius <°(((><contra mundum Iustus alius egestas vitae, eros Piratica,

        in favor of dirt

        You and your dirty jokes, Athanasius.

        I've had carob covered wafers before. Not quite as good as chocolate, but not too bad.

      • Plain
      • Filled
Re: poll ideas quest 2015
by chacham (Prior) on Jul 07, 2015 at 18:03 UTC

    When multiple sentences in a post "need' smileys, what do you do?

    • Put a smiley after each one
    • Use different smileys or indicators for each one
    • Use it only the first time
    • Use it only the last time
    • Include a warning of jest
    • Hope for the best
    • Use a <:)>a smiley block</:)>
    • Rewrite the post
    • I disapprove of emoticons
Re: poll ideas quest 2015
by karlgoethebier (Abbot) on Apr 04, 2015 at 15:13 UTC

    Does Humor Belong in Programming?

    [] Yes [] No [] Other opinion (please explain)

    «The Crux of the Biscuit is the Apostrophe»

      Should Homer have been a programmer?

      • Yes. His beastly code has endured with no bugs.
      • No. Alas, those poor humans that lived before the birth of Wall.
      • Other
Re: poll ideas quest 2015
by chacham (Prior) on Feb 24, 2015 at 19:00 UTC

    if a = b and b = c then

    • a = c
    • a and b may now have different values
    • "b and" is redundant
    • parenthesis would help
    • a and b are terrible variable names
Re: poll ideas quest 2015
by chacham (Prior) on Feb 27, 2015 at 15:01 UTC
Re: poll ideas quest 2015
by chacham (Prior) on Mar 17, 2015 at 19:45 UTC
Re: poll ideas quest 2015
by chacham (Prior) on Jan 25, 2015 at 01:33 UTC

    I vote for the:

    • Person
    • Party
    • Policies
    • Politics
    • Pay
    • Pleasure
    • Perl Monk
Re: poll ideas quest 2015 (Alderaan)
by ambrus (Abbot) on Oct 21, 2015 at 13:09 UTC

    When I pronounce “Alderaan”, the name of the planet in Star Wars, the first vowel sounds as in…

    • “arm”
    • “cat”
    • “end”
    • “day”
    • “hair”
    • “run”
    • “not”
    • “no”
    • “now”
    • “all”
    • none of the above
Re: poll ideas quest 2015
by chacham (Prior) on Jan 25, 2015 at 20:56 UTC

    Using a fork and knife to eat, i put the:

    • Fork in the dominant hand, knife in the non-dominant hand
    • Knife in the dominant hand, fork in the non-dominant hand
    • Knife in the dominant hand, fork in the non-dominant hand, and switch after cutting
    • I use a spork (which includes a knife)

    I've heard/read this is cultural. It still bothers me as to which is most efficient.

    (Sort of) Related: The best way to get food in my mouth is...

Re: poll ideas quest 2015
by chacham (Prior) on Feb 12, 2015 at 15:03 UTC

    When do you call or show up for meetings:

    • Early
    • On-time
    • Late
    • Never
    • When i remember
    • When someone specifically asks me
    • When i am forced to
    • I'm vegetarian
Re: poll ideas quest 2015 (computer onomatopoeia)
by chacham (Prior) on Jul 22, 2015 at 16:45 UTC

    My favorite computer related onomatopoeia is:

    • beep (speaker)
    • tip/tap (keyboard)
    • click/clack (keyboard)
    • click (bad hard drive)
    • whirr (disk drive)
    • pop (power supply died)
Re: poll ideas quest 2015
by chacham (Prior) on Apr 22, 2015 at 14:40 UTC

    My most used method to (re)visit sites in my browser is:

    • The browser's bookmarks
    • The browser's start page
    • The browser's history
    • The browser's URL bar/autocomplete
    • Keeping the tabs open
    • A web-provided start page
    • A web-provided bookmark page
    • My personal home page
    • A search engine
    • Browser plugin
    • Remembering all the URLs i care about
    • Asking people to send me a link
    • I never visit the same page twice

        Is this different than the start page options? I'm not sure either way, nor the best (generic) way to phrase it.

      Bookmarking service, e.g. I use Google bookmarks.

        Added as A web-provided bookmark page. Appropriately between "A web-provided start page" and "A search engine". :)

        As a side note, I didn't know Google had that.

      • Use URL auto-complete


      Today I will gladly share my knowledge and experience, for there are no sweeter words than "I told you so". ;-)

        Added: The browser's URL bar/autocomplete

Re: poll ideas quest 2015 (Pluto)
by Arunbear (Prior) on Jul 26, 2015 at 12:30 UTC
    Do you consider Pluto to be a planet?
    • Yes
    • No

      consider Pluto

      Spaceballz MUD:

      [100 RP 100HP] /cons Pluto
      The planet jeers at you.

      IAU MUD:

      [200IQ 40GP] /cons Pluto
      The dwarf planet sulks.

      New Horizons MUD:

      [1024BR] /cons Pluto
      The object's moon BARELY misses you.

      ReputableJernil MUD:

      [250U$ 1PR] /cons Pluto
      The ? asks you how much you are willing to pay.

      Dizknee MUD:

      [+100] /cons Pluto
      The character BARKS at you and poses for a photograph.

      Perl MUD:

      [5904 XP 0 (D)V] /cons Pluto
      You received 3 downvotes for being stupid.

      I guess it depends. :)

Re: poll ideas quest 2015
by chacham (Prior) on May 28, 2015 at 13:50 UTC

    When do you pay your bills?

    • Each, when they arrive.
    • All, on a specific day of the week.
    • All, on a specific day of the month.
    • Automatically, so i don't even know.
    • After i get paid.
    • I do not have any bills.
    • I do not pay my own bills.
    • When the credit agency knocks on my door.
Re: poll ideas quest 2015 (once a saint)
by chacham (Prior) on Aug 31, 2015 at 15:49 UTC

    Once a Saint (in our Book)...

Re: poll ideas quest 2015 (telephone a contact)
by chacham (Prior) on Mar 13, 2015 at 15:29 UTC

    To telephone a contact, i usually:

    • Type the entire phone number
    • Type the assigned speed dial number
    • Type in numbers/letters until the contact list finds it.
    • Type in numbers/letters in custom app (which gathers contact info from multiple sources)
    • Speak the contact's name
    • Scroll through the contact list
    • Use Last-call return
    • Use Google Voice
    • Have my secretary or the operator make the call for me
    • My rotary dial does not have a contacts list
    • Give my carrier pigeon the other can and an address
    • I do not use a telephone
      • Use my perl/Tk app that gathers all contact info from my mobile phone(s), the company (ldap) database(s) and all other available sources, enter part of the name or number and click on the entry that matches, which then sends the appropriate controls to my (mobile) phone to dial the corresponding number

      No joke, I do this :)

      Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn

        That's a mouthful. :) Does the "gathering" happen each time you dial, or just from time to time?

        If the latter, this is at least a little similar to Google voice. GV maintains a contacts list and allows for either the name or number to be typed, showing matching contacts all the while. It then calls you (this is deviates from your setup) and makes the call to the contact for you.

        I'll add the option. Please reword it for me. :)

      Press the down button to scroll through the phonebook of my mobile phone until I find the contact. There are only about 300 entries, so it's quick enough.

        Added. Can't believe i forgot the basic option. :P

Re: poll ideas quest 2015 (perl is best for)
by chacham (Prior) on Mar 26, 2015 at 14:05 UTC

    Perl is best for:

    • Text processing
    • Creating reports
    • Scripts
    • Ad-hoc scripts
    • Learning to code
    • Making diverse systems work together
    • Giving meaning to keyboard symbols
    • Everything
    • Nothing
    • Confusing people
Re: poll ideas quest 2015 (unicorns)
by chacham (Prior) on Jun 29, 2015 at 14:07 UTC

        I don't know which is worse: That you provided three links, or that i laughed after reading the third one.

        Added. :)

Re: poll ideas quest 2015
by chacham (Prior) on Jan 28, 2015 at 16:33 UTC

    How do you find/choose which movie(s) to watch?

    • If it looks new and exciting
    • IMDB ratings or lists
    • Recommendation based on my viewing history (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc)
    • Friends' recommendations
    • Whatever is showing via whatever channel
    • Whichever torrent comes first
    • I just watch Plan 9 from Outer Space over and over again
      • What the cover shows
      • What the genre is (Romance, Drama, Thriller, Detective, Horror, Fantasy, ...)
      • Who is acting (based on favorite actors/actresses)
      • What the description is behind the (i) button on the guide entry

      Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn

        Good points.

        The second and third options seem like answers to "How do you find movies you might want to watch?" The first and fourth seems like answers to "When presented with a movie, how do you decide if you want to watch it?" The current question, "How do you find/choose which movie(s) to watch?" is focused on the source. Personally, this comes up when i look for stuff to watch while exercising. The Netflix trial shows a ton of choices and deciding which one to watch bothers me more than it should. :)

        Perhaps the question can be rewritten to be more inclusive?

Re: poll ideas quest 2015 (declare variables)
by chacham (Prior) on Oct 27, 2015 at 17:21 UTC

    I prefer to declare my variables:

    • At the top of the relevant enclosure
    • At the top of the global enclosure
    • In a separate file
    • Right before their first use
    • Inside their first use
    • I just copy what the code already does
    • Whereever code completion puts it
    • It varies by language
    • It varies by my mood
    • I use one global variable for all my needs
    • Other
      • with names that are concise and relevant
      • with names that are obscure and confusing for security's sake

      It should be a multiple-selection as I "declare my variables" ...

      • At the top of the relevant enclosure: before option handling; keeping value after a loop;
      • Right before their first use: for my $x = 1 if $test is buggy; no other way (search in loop; populating array or hash);
      • Inside their first use: preferred
      • I just copy what the code already does: in maintenance mode;
      • It varies by language: C, C++, SQL
Re: poll ideas quest 2015 (political centrist)
by chacham (Prior) on Feb 10, 2015 at 14:24 UTC

    A political centrist is a person who:

    • Is in the current political center
    • Is in the real political center
    • Is only slightly right or left
    • Wants to keep everything the way it is
    • Is a member of the Centrist party
    • Is self-labeled
    • Has no opinion
    • Is a mythical being
    • All of the above
    • None of the above
Re: poll ideas quest 2015
by chacham (Prior) on Apr 15, 2015 at 15:20 UTC

    Which weighs more, a pound of feathers or a pound of gold?

    • Gold. Nothing's heavier!
    • Feathers, this is obviously a trick question.
    • Gold, the (top) feathers aren't heavy enough to register.
    • Feathers: 1lb Feathers = 16oz avoirdupois, 1lb gold = 12oz troy
    • They weigh the same. A pound is a pound.
Re: poll ideas quest 2015
by chacham (Prior) on Feb 16, 2015 at 15:44 UTC

      President's Day is:

      • unheard of, where I live (in this part of the monastery)

      Cheers, Sören

      Créateur des bugs mobiles - let loose once, run everywhere.
      (hooked on the Perl Programming language)

        You mean you're not from Botswana? :)

        We used to call it Washington's Birthday, but President's day is more popular.

Re: poll ideas quest 2015
by Nemo Clericus (Beadle) on Jul 24, 2015 at 18:47 UTC
    My preferred text editor is...
    • vi(m)
    • emacs
    • notepad
    • notepad++
    • gedit
    • nedit
    • ed
    • cat,head,tail,>,>>,echo

      It's rare for the monastery to repeat polls. A very similar one was one of the earliest: Your editor of choice is...


      John Davies

        Ah, thanks for bringing that to my attention. Apparently I didn't scan far back enough to see if this had already been done...


      Today I will gladly share my knowledge and experience, for there are no sweeter words than "I told you so". ;-)
Re: poll ideas quest 2015
by chacham (Prior) on Apr 27, 2015 at 13:37 UTC

    The bottom line (or section) of email should be:

    • Your name or initial(s)
    • The earlier thread
    • A recap of what was written
    • A line that you like
    • A little whitespace
    • Unsubscribe instructions and/or link
    • A disclaimer
    • Doesn't matter

      The bottom section of an e-mail should not be

      • The full conversation including signatures, company logo's and useless disclaimers both in plain text and html (with comic sans font)
      • A 70 line disclaimer in 4 languages
      • An image that contains unclickable links with instructions of how to report abuse
      • more lines than relevant to the discussion
      • a rant about the subject
      • all of the above

      IMHO no e-mail should be allowed in html

      Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn

        more lines than relevant to the discussion

        Being threading never really caught on in email clients, having the previous emails there for a while is important. At the office, if not for the history, i would have no idea what half the conversation are talking about. Ridiculous as it may seem, the logos and fonts actually help me follow history more easily. It's big, it's gaudy, but it's also an excellent visual cue.

        FWIW, gmail has threading with a decent implementation. As a nice touch, the earlier conversation is collapsed, and forwarding entire conversation becomes really easy.


        Added disclaimer. :)

      The bottom line (or section) of email should be:

      • ...
      • a JAPH

      of course ;)

      perl -le'print map{pack c,($-++?1:13)+ord}split//,ESEL'

      How about a simple poll: Do you put your name at the bottom of emails you send?

      • Yes
      • No
      • It depends
Re: poll ideas quest 2015
by chacham (Prior) on Jan 21, 2015 at 15:05 UTC

    Picky people pick _________ perl.

    • persons
    • peoples
    • peoples'
    • persons'
    • a person's
    • a people's
    • peanut-buttery
Re: poll ideas quest 2015 (show rep)
by chacham (Prior) on Jun 18, 2015 at 12:53 UTC
    • Ordering of replies after selecting "Best First" for Note ordering at User Settings.
      لսႽ† ᥲᥒ⚪⟊Ⴙᘓᖇ Ꮅᘓᖇ⎱ Ⴙᥲ𝇋ƙᘓᖇ

        I should have checked to see if that was implemented.

        Added. Thanx, choroba!

Re: poll ideas quest 2015 (corrections)
by chacham (Prior) on Jun 24, 2015 at 16:09 UTC

    When i see a mistake/error/typo/wrongness online, i:

    • Fire off an angry email or comment
    • Privately email or message the poster
    • Stay awake until it is fixed
    • Blog about it
    • Ask a friend to do something about it
    • Possibly chuckle, definitely ignore it, and move on
    • Resist the temptation to feed the trolls
    • It depends on how passionate i am about the subject
    • There's nothing wrong on the Internet

      Topical additional option:

      • Refrain from feeding the trolls

        Added, with modification. How's that?

Re: poll ideas quest 2015
by chacham (Prior) on Mar 31, 2015 at 13:43 UTC

    The best April Fool's joke:

    • Has yet to be done
    • Has already been done
    • Is currently in progress
    • Is too dangerous
    • Is too expensive
    • Is classified
    • Is so complicated you wouldn't understand it
    • All of the above
    • Other
Re: poll ideas quest 2015 (continent)
by chacham (Prior) on Jun 29, 2015 at 14:09 UTC

        Those are good suggestions. Thank you for the links! Added Nonestica.

        Though originally unplanned for the poll idea, i ended up using Wikipedia to see if each entry is a continent or not. It seems difficult otherwise to determine what does and what does not fit. With that, i looked up Narnia, and found no mention of a continent. The closest mention is List of places in The Chronicles of Narnia which mentions a Continental Divide.

        Forgive me as i take this too seriously. :) Narnia and Boxen are described as worlds, both in description and focus. Technically, every world has a continent, right? If so, for every fictional world, we'd need to add an unnamed continent option. In some stories, however, the fact that it is a continent is integral, significant, or important to the story. I've chosen to use Wikipedia's mention of it to be the deciding factor. I have no objection to an actual poll listing them, however.

        Wikipedia lists Númenor as an "Island (or continent)", but other than the parenthetical option, it is treated as an island. Furthermore, it sunk. So, i'm not sure it would qualify anyway.

        I did the search and found those. This specifically adds "fictional" (/me nervously shifts his eyes) continents, making it completely different.

        Furthermore, needlessly bringing up old polls is okay. :)

      • Avalonia
      • Baltica
      • Laurentia
      • Laurussia
      • Gondwana
      • Pangaea
      • Westeros
      • Essos
      • Sothoryos

      Cheers, Sören

      Créateur des bugs mobiles - let loose once, run everywhere.
      (hooked on the Perl Programming language)

Re: poll ideas quest 2015
by chacham (Prior) on Apr 01, 2015 at 14:18 UTC

    I clean my eyeglasses with:

    • Water
    • Soap and water
    • Vinegar
    • Glass cleaner
    • Towel
    • Paper towel
    • Tissue
    • Shirt
    • Rag
    • Pre-moistened wipe
    • Microfiber Cloth
    • Ultrasonic cleaner
    • Scraper
    • All/Any of the above
    • I buy new lenses every day
    • I never clean them
    • I wear contacts
      • Soap and water
      • I never clean them

      Whatever is handy from the above list when I find my glasses dirty

      Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn

        Added "All/Any of the above" Is that the same option?

        Next thing you'll want are windshield wipers. :)


Re: poll ideas quest 2015
by chacham (Prior) on Apr 13, 2015 at 20:44 UTC


      rhymes with...

      Cheers, Sören

      Créateur des bugs mobiles - let loose once, run everywhere.
      (hooked on the Perl Programming language)

        That's not a poll! :)

Re: poll ideas quest 2015 (boxen naming)
by chacham (Prior) on Jul 14, 2015 at 16:22 UTC

    My boxen are named by:

    • Location
    • OS
    • Purpose
    • Processor
    • The replaced box's name
    • Setup routine suggestion
    • Alphanumeric counting scheme
    • Whatever comes to mind
    • /dev/random
    • I leave the field blank
Re: poll ideas quest 2015
by chacham (Prior) on Mar 10, 2015 at 18:34 UTC
Re: poll ideas quest 2015
by karlgoethebier (Abbot) on Dec 07, 2015 at 22:44 UTC

    How do you calculate a Chess960 starting position?

    [] I don't play chess [] I don't know what Chess960 is [] I hate Chess960 [] I got a device that does it for me [] I use a card deck [] I use dices [] I use the polyhedral dice method [] I use coins [] I use a online generator [] I use Scharnagl's methods [] I know something better (please describe) [] I wrote a program that does it for me (how did you do it?)

    «The Crux of the Biscuit is the Apostrophe»

Re: poll ideas quest 2015 (4 humours)
by chacham (Prior) on Jul 28, 2015 at 18:31 UTC

    The four types of humour are:

    • Blood, black bile, yellow bile, phlegm
    • Jokes, riddles, knock-knocks, puns
    • Accomodation, adaptation, complying, agreeing

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