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Re: (2) Off topic section? (not-a-section OT section (better late than never))

by ybiC (Prior)
on Mar 28, 2003 at 17:10 UTC ( #246514=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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I share your concerns, tye, on the recent proliferation of non-perl root posts.   It seems that PM's very perl-specific focus is one significant part of what helps keep the Monastery a friendly corner in an otherwise cold and hostile web. At some point, I'd expect OT proliferation to adversely impact the longstanding PM culture of civility and courtesy.

Your description of a "non-section OT section" sounds better than anything else I've heard of.   Of course no solution will be perfect.   I don't think it's become a problem *yet*, but have no feel for how long it might take for OT proliferation side-effects to become a issue.   About the time I start to wonder if OT root posts would really become an issue, I remember the godless-heathen-slashdot-hordes.   Heh.

Regarding the potential problems of "no-value post reapings", it looks like the reaping mechanism may not be scaling well.   On second thought, s/reaping/level-powers/;.   KnowwhatImeanVerne?   I've no suggestions whatsoever on addressing that, if it is indeed a conceivable source of a possible problem.   (So did I couch that last statement in enough qualifiers?   {grin})
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P.S.   Hrm... might a "not-a-section OT section" end up encouraging even greater volume of OT posts??   /me gets a headache pondering triple double sideways reverse psychology.

Update   Here are a couple articles by Clay Shirkey that appear quite relevant to the topic of Monastery community and scalability.   I'm still absorbing+digesting the info for to develop an opinion.

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Re: Re: (2) Off topic section? (not-a-section OT section (better late than never))
by pfaut (Priest) on Mar 28, 2003 at 22:08 UTC

    As a not-a-section OT section, these pages could be listed only in Newest Nodes or some other out-of-the-way place. They should also be not-frontpageable.. That would make them visible enough to get answers but invisible enough to discourage use of this site as a first line of support for non-perl issues.

    --- print map { my ($m)=1<<hex($_)&11?' ':''; $m.=substr('AHJPacehklnorstu',hex($_),1) } split //,'2fde0abe76c36c914586c';

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