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poll ideas quest 2009

by pollsters (Initiate)
on Jan 07, 2009 at 18:00 UTC ( [id://734686]=quest: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
Quest starts at:Jan 01, 2009 at 05:00 UTC
Quest ends at:Jan 01, 2010 at 04:59 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 2009
by Lawliet (Curate) on Jan 07, 2009 at 21:12 UTC

    How do you regularly express "regular expressions"?

    Communication is weird. Communication, when one party has no idea what the other means, is weirder. Everyone (well, maybe not everyone) I meet has a different way of saying the phrase 'regular expressions'. How do you?

    • Regular expressions
    • Regex
    • Regexes
    • Regexp
    • Regexps
    • Regexen
    • Patterns
    • Rules
    • Line noise
    • The wrong way
    • Other (for the sake of completeness)

    I pronounce them 'regex' with a soft g (as in "Lawliet is a prodigy"). I didn't include the letter pronunciation because it would take up too much room (~15 options) and I think I meant this to be communicating online, not in real life. Although, maybe another poll could be how you say them aloud ;D

    And you didn't even know bears could type.

      • I don't use m/Reg\w+\b/ at all
        No Regards, no Regainings, no Regimes, no Regions, no Registers, no Regressions, no Regrets, no Regrouping, no Regularities, no Regulations?

      Of course there should also be

      • What is a regular expression?

      though it comes close to being between "line noise" and "Other"

        Allow me to rephrase that...

        Regular expressions are:

        • A sign that God exists
        • What you need
        • What makes Perl so strong
        • Ergo, they think
        • A sure way to get shot in the foot
        • Line noise
        • An abomination of nature
      You could add "Klene's algebra".
      I prefer to sleep..
      • At night
      • At early morning
      • When doing code
      • When boss is out of city
      • When thinking about algorithm
      • When solving maths
      • I sleep 24 x 7
      • In exam hall
      • After a good lunch
      • While driving
Re: poll ideas quest 2009
by missingthepoint (Friar) on Jan 21, 2009 at 01:20 UTC

    I can afford to spend so much time at the Monastery because:

    • I got rich using Perl before the bubble burst
    • I work from home
    • With my dectupled productivity (thanks to Perl), I only need to work 1 hour per day
    • Parents' basement... 'nuff said
    • I'm independently wealthy
    • Sugar daddy/momma
    • I can't (or, Hi, my name's ____, and I'm an addict)
    • Perl is critical to my job and I can't afford not to

    Life is denied by lack of attention,
    whether it be to cleaning windows
    or trying to write a masterpiece...
    -- Nadia Boulanger
      • I'm unemployed (because I spent too much time at PerlMonks)

      - tye        

Re: poll ideas quest 2009
by jeffa (Bishop) on Jan 09, 2009 at 15:15 UTC

    How do you create a Poll?

    • RTFM first, then create one
    • create one first, then RTFM
    • just create one and hope it conforms to TFM
    • FI and just make some beans on the trail with Cowboy Neal instead
    • marry a Polish person and make some babies


    (the triplet paradiddle with high-hat)
      Oh... Em G C G polish love
If I wasn't a Programmer...
by apl (Monsignor) on May 03, 2009 at 15:55 UTC
    If I wasn't a Programmer, what I'd like to do is
    • be a Mad Scientist
    • be a Mad Engineer
    • run my own Vinyard
    • run my own Distillery
    • run my own Brewery
    • be a Poet
    • be a Writer
    • be a Critic
    • Act
    • be a Porn Star
    • run for public office
    • Teach
    • Travel
    • be the Captain of my own Starship
    • do stand-up comedy
    • Struggle for World Domination
    • some combination of the above
    • other


      • Struggle for World Domination


      When you're up to your ass in alligators, it's difficult to remember that your original purpose was to drain the swamp.
Re: poll ideas quest 2009 (aluminium age)
by ambrus (Abbot) on Apr 01, 2009 at 09:47 UTC

    Future historians will find that the material characteristic to the era starting now is…

    (4000-2001 BC was copper age, 2000-1 BC was bronze age, 1-2000 AD was iron age.)

    • aluminium
    • plastic
    • oil
    • water
    • carbon dioxide
    • copper again
    • iron again
    • silicon
    • salt

    Update: ramrod makes a valid point, maybe “uranium” or “hydrogen” should be added as well.

    Update: appeared as Future historians will find that the material characteristic of the current era is....

      How about nuclear . . .

      Of course, noo-klee-er and noo-kyuh-ler would need to be considered to avoid controversy.
        I think 'unclear' should also be there, not only for typos and also as it seems a very valid option...
      Not quite a material, but I'd call it the electricity age...

      Maybe add 'electron' as a material?

Re: poll ideas quest 2009
by zentara (Archbishop) on Jan 08, 2009 at 13:58 UTC
    What is your preferred method of suicide? ( Sorry, a bit depressed today) :-(

    I'm not really a human, but I play one on earth Remember How Lucky You Are
      Hey, zentara, cheer up!

      Here are some possible answers for your poll:

      • die;
      • die "with a blast";
      • die die;
      • exit;
      • no_such_method();
      • use SOAP::Lite;
      • warn die;
      • die warn;
        • *new = *DESTROY; # The cycle of life in 1 easy step
        • END { undef sin(); } # Purge all sin in the end
        • sleep; # go to sleep and never wake up
        • kill $$; # generic suicide

        Ok, this is more poetry than poll but I am sure one could come up with other fun ones using the functions. Here are some ideas:

        Cheers - L~R

        kill KILL => $$
      looks like my poll idea has generated alot of interest. How about
      system( "cat $0 > /dev/null");

      I'm not really a human, but I play one on earth Remember How Lucky You Are

        Eh, no. Useless use of cat.

        system "cat /dev/null > $0" or exec $0; die or die; # just to be sure
      Another important question is what do you want done with your body after your dead?

      I've always wanted mine to be actually blown-up in a hollywood movie. One that's not a bomb (sorry), has a good plot, and lots of action. Obviously, a James Bond movie would be the ultimate!

      Just think - immortalized forever on celluloid without ever having to take an acting class!

        what do you want done with your body after your dead?

        I want it to be revived.

        These days your corpse would just be digitally remastered and blown up in fully animated glory. Meanwhile your actual corpse would be stuck in the oven, and the ashes would be dumped in the trash bin behind the sound stage.

        If found in time and in good condition, anything other than taking it apart for spare parts is selfish.

        Enoch was right!
        Enjoy the last years of Rome.

Do you like polls with many options? (poll ideas quest 2009)
by moritz (Cardinal) on Mar 19, 2009 at 21:15 UTC
    Do you like polls with many options?
    • No
    • Yes
    • Yes
    • Yes
    • Yes
    • Yes
      Are those my only options?
Re: poll ideas quest 2009
by cmv (Chaplain) on Feb 04, 2009 at 18:56 UTC

    In a tip of my hat to a great article by bobf++, I'd like to see the following poll:

    What makes you go all PerlMonks over something?

  • A seemingly simple question like: How many colors does a rainbow have?
  • Asking the wrong question, and an unwavering belief that its answer is THE solution.
  • Self proclaimed, clearly-wrong, experts that no amount of evidence can sway.
  • When people don't agree with me.
  • PEOPLE - Any interactions with people.
  • Hold-on! You mean there are other states of being?
Re: poll ideas quest 2009
by bellaire (Hermit) on Mar 16, 2009 at 14:44 UTC
    The release of Perl 6 will ...
    • bring a new Golden Age of Perl to the rejoicing masses
    • be mainly well-received by a strong, active community
    • have a lukewarm response, with complaints starting immediately
    • be met by an angry crowd armed with torches and pitchforks
    • be suppressed by the Perl 5 cabal
    • cause a black hole that will destroy the Earth
    • awaken CowboyNeal from his long slumber
    • be delayed

      "The release of Perl 6 will ..."

    • be accompanied by the return of Paco
Re: poll ideas quest 2009
by ramrod (Curate) on Mar 20, 2009 at 15:04 UTC
      My first post at PerlMonks was:
    • An educational awe-inspiring experience for all who came across it
    • An embarassing piece of trash which was highly ridiculed
    • Comedic relief
    • A "Yeah, what he said." to try to gain some XP
    • An accident
    • My only post was to get a homework question answered
    • Other
Re: poll ideas quest 2009
by nagalenoj (Friar) on Jan 29, 2009 at 10:43 UTC
    Do you like to rename Perl?
    • No
    • Yes
Re: poll ideas quest 2009 (light source)
by ambrus (Abbot) on May 13, 2009 at 13:11 UTC

    This may be risky in that it could start flaming, but it's probably worth anyway.

    The light source I use for reading at night is…

    • Nothing, I sleep at night
    • Nothing, I can read in the dark
    • Moonlight
    • Nothing, I migrate between the two poles
    • Nothing, I live in outer space
    • Nothing, I live on planet Kalgash
    • Campfire
    • Candle
    • Oil lamp
    • Arc lamp
    • Gas lamp
    • Traditional incandescent blub
    • Halogen lamp
    • Fluorescent light
    • Light of a CRT monitor
    • LED
    • Genetically modified fish that glow in the dark
    • Magic
    • Future technology (big mirrors in space)
    • Flamethrower or Rube Goldberg device
    • Other

    Update: added CRT (thanks to StommePoes for the idea).

    Update: just an explanation. I basically just wanted to ask whether you prefer halogen lamps or lamps with normal light bulbs, but I got carried away in the spirit of TIMTOWTDI. It's probably better this way for a Perlmonks poll.

      Glow in the dark condoms
        So you do a bit of reading between the lin^H^H^Hsheets? ;)

      Here in Europe, governments have actually started banning the incadescent bulbs. They're forcing us back to the Middle ages, we'll have to read the computer screen in candlelight like before Edison. Can you believe it?

        Not just Europe. Start hoarding now ;-)


      If you are adding CRT, you should probably add "Cell Phone Display". That's another popular one (at least popular around me).

      Good Day,

        The counts under LED.

Re: poll ideas quest 2009
by BioLion (Curate) on Dec 11, 2009 at 15:59 UTC
Re: poll ideas quest 2009
by why_bird (Pilgrim) on Feb 03, 2009 at 09:18 UTC

    A previous discussion to put this into context

    Vegemite or Marmite?

    • Vegemite
    • Marmite (Love it)
    • Marmite (Hate it)
    • Promite/Oxo/Cenovite kicks other yeast extracts' arses
    • All yeast extracts were created equal
    • You mean you're supposed to eat those pots of black sludge?

    I've not read that Wikipedia link before---very informative!

    Those are my principles. If you don't like them I have others.
    -- Groucho Marx
Re: poll ideas quest 2009
by zentara (Archbishop) on Jan 19, 2010 at 15:28 UTC
    Hi, it's 2010 already!

    My Poll:

    What level of existential comfort, do you require?

    1. fairytale princess 2. executive suite at the best hotel 3. regular hotel in a decent part of town 4. motel 5. boarding house 6. any port in a storm 7. camping under the freeway overpass

    I'm not really a human, but I play one on earth.
    Old Perl Programmer Haiku
      Shouldn't the first option be 'Palace' or similar (i.e. given the other options all being places) ?
        Palaces often have dungeons... :-)

        Come to think of it, maybe jail should be included. :-)

        I'm not really a human, but I play one on earth.
        Old Perl Programmer Haiku

        Maybe he means that it's the princess itself that provides comfort, not his palace. ;) But yeah.

        ....and Sleeping Bag on Couch in Basement..... but i don't know where that would fit numerically in the list? :-)

        I'm not really a human, but I play one on earth.
        Old Perl Programmer Haiku
Re: poll ideas quest 2009
by FloydATC (Deacon) on May 25, 2009 at 13:31 UTC
    Where possible, <markup> tags should be written in
    • lowercase
    • CamelCase
    • Ucfirstcase
    • uclastcasE
    • vOwElcAsE (|3375p33k)
    • CoNSoNaNTCaSe (inverse |3375p33k)
    • rAndoMCaSe
    • All of the above
    • None of the above

      You forgot dromedaryCase and lCFIRSTCASE (these two are handy for languages like prolog or haskell or ruby where the case of the first letter of a word counts as a silgil).

      Use single letter tag names, and make them case-sensitive because that allows more choices. If you run out of single letter names, use two-letter names with the case of both letters significant.

      Consistent case (i.e., pick a style and use it for all tags consistently).

Re: poll ideas quest 2009
by puudeli (Pilgrim) on Apr 04, 2009 at 19:43 UTC

    All monks are tempted from time to time and sometimes a monk might stray away from the good practices of the Monastery.

    Last time I strayed away from proper monk behaviour, I

    • did not write tests
    • enjoyed life outside the Monastery
    • Perl golfed with production code
    • started career as a chef and made spaghetti
    • was evil in my wording toward novices
    • posted RTFM anonymously
    • envied for my neighbors Quad core 16GB Linux server home setup
    • stole bandwidth from an open wlan without permission
    • lied in order to keep my job
    seek $her, $from, $everywhere if exists $true{love};
Re: poll ideas quest 2009 (work or life)
by ambrus (Abbot) on Apr 21, 2009 at 09:29 UTC

    Let's do another discussion provoking one.

    Which one would you choose?

    • raise a happy family
    • make a career
    • earn money


    Our service is fast, cheap and good. Choose two.

    • fast and cheap
    • cheap and good
    • good and fast
      Which one would you choose? * raise a happy family * make a career * earn mona^Hey
      Am I allowed to say All of the above?

      Update: saying <blockquote>...</blockquote> did not DWIExpected... should it have?

      Christmas will not be ready by This signature
Re: poll ideas quest 2009
by stonecolddevin (Parson) on Jan 29, 2009 at 10:04 UTC

    Did we do this one yet?

    Favorite (Real) Web Framework


      • vi / emacs
      • What is a web Framework?
      • I don't care, as long as (my colleages make) it work(s)
      • My own, I don't use CPAN modules

      Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn

        I think emacs/vi would fit more in the "IDE/Editors" category. But the span between skeleton and full blown full stack framework is pretty much covered there :-)

      Well, we need to add Maypole, Jifty and a couple others for the sake of it :)

        <joke>I said REAL web frameworks ;-)</joke>

Re: poll ideas quest 2009
by VinsWorldcom (Prior) on Mar 11, 2009 at 19:50 UTC

    Maybe more interesting than reading 'regex' itself is how to you read an actual regex? For example:

    $_ !~ /^((\d+\!)*\d+([\,\-]\d+)*:\d+([\,\-]\d+)*(\;)?)+$/

    Is that "dollar sign underscore space exclamation point tilde space forward slash caret open parenthesis ..."

    Or do you abbreviate: "dollar underscore bang twiddle slash hat paren ..."

      Am I the only person here whose mind was so warped by a childhood exposure to BASIC that he still pronounces $ as "string"? ;)
        I still do, too. *blush*
        لսႽ† ᥲᥒ⚪⟊Ⴙᘓᖇ Ꮅᘓᖇ⎱ Ⴙᥲ𝇋ƙᘓᖇ
      I don't mean to get all technical on you but surely you mean squiggly, not twiddle?

      What was the last time you actually read a regex?

      Enoch was right!
      Enjoy the last years of Rome.

Re: poll ideas quest 2009 (find new poll)
by ambrus (Abbot) on Aug 24, 2009 at 12:42 UTC
      • voices
Re: poll ideas quest 2009 (phobias)
by ambrus (Abbot) on Aug 29, 2009 at 10:07 UTC

    I irrationally fear from …

    • nothing
    • heights
    • dark
    • confined spaces
    • spiders
    • (a few more options missing here)
    • something else
    • all of the above

    We can't have a complete list of course, but the interesting part of a poll like this would be the discussion thread anyway.

Re: poll ideas quest 2009
by bv (Friar) on Sep 03, 2009 at 19:16 UTC

    The oldest Perl I write my code to be compatible with is:

    • Perl 6 - I live on the edge!
    • Perl 5.10 - Features trump backwards compatibility.
    • Perl 5.8 - It's the largest target to hit.
    • Perl 5.6 - Change Management won't let us upgrade
    • Perl 5.0-5.5 - I'm not paranoid, I'm realistic!
    • Perl 4.0 - Have you heard about this CGI thing? Crazy!
    • Perl pre-4.0 - If I can't run it on System V, I don't need it.
    print pack("A25",pack("V*",map{1919242272+$_}(34481450,-49737472,6228,0,-285028276,6979,-1380265972)))
Re: poll ideas quest 2009
by marto (Cardinal) on Dec 03, 2009 at 15:25 UTC

    I hope to spend this Christmas:

    • With Family.
    • With Friends.
    • Alone.
    • Partying in pubs/clubs.
    • Watching some traditional Christmas films.
    • By the fire with a book.
    • Playing computer games.
    • Working :(
    • Being visited by four ghosts.
    • A selection of the above.
    • Something else.

    Update: Added the third last option.

Re: poll ideas quest 2009
by shmem (Chancellor) on May 05, 2009 at 19:26 UTC

    I miss my favorite gone monk mostly for their

    • technical skill
    • sharp wit
    • productiveness
    • controversial posts
    • sense of humour
    • eloquence in the CB
    • philosophical profoundness
    • depth of clearance
    • relationship to $self
    • other (explain)
    • being paco

      Her stories... ::sigh::

Re: poll ideas quest 2009 (would you be here if not for work)
by ambrus (Abbot) on May 20, 2009 at 18:56 UTC
    • I'd pay someone else to visit for me!
Re: poll ideas quest 2009 (washing up)
by ambrus (Abbot) on Aug 24, 2009 at 12:34 UTC

    What technique do you use for washing up?

    • Dishwasher
    • Flowing water only
    • Clean in still water, rinse under flowing water
    • Cleaning water in one basin, rinsing water in other
    • Some other method
    • Without water
    • Ask spouse/servant/pet/robot
    • Throw away used cutlery
    • I don't eat at home
      • High pressure system
      • Personal slave (human)
      • Family dog (actual dog, not slave)

        I'd count a family dog as pet. Verne's novel Mysteryous Island has a domesticated monkey that can wash up.

Re: poll ideas quest 2009 (wine)
by ambrus (Abbot) on Mar 19, 2009 at 20:52 UTC

      • Wines that do not emulate Windows

      While trying to explain palindromes to my alien friend, he asked "Eks, aeh dneirf neilay motsem-ordni lapnial p xeot gni y rtelihw?"
      What can I say? Palindromes are rasemordnilapyasinactahw~

      • Blended wines
      • Champagne
      • Amy Winehouse
      • VMWare

      "Half of all adults in the United States say they have registered as an organ donor, although only some have purchased a motorcycle to show that they're really serious about it."
      It's never beer is it, its always wine! "What do you want on your cornflakes, darling?" "Oh, I'll have some wine, please!"
      I'll pick "None of the above" :-)

      None of the above. (White Zinfandel)

      Lady Aleena

      "An it harm none, do as ye will."

Re: poll ideas quest 2009
by irah (Pilgrim) on Jun 12, 2009 at 10:18 UTC

    When I'll use Perl-monks?

    • Morning
    • Afternoon
    • Evening
    • Night
    • Midnight
    • Always
    • Once in a week
    • Once in a month
    • When I want to refer something
    • Randomly
    • Other times
      the below choices came to my mind , to make it interesting :)
        for craziness
      • when I feel sleepy
      • when I am bored
      • when I have nothing to do
      • when I have a terrible problem on hand
      • when all hopes are lost
      • when all homework fails
      • when I need to spend time
      • when I need a refreshment
      • for worthiness
      • when I need help
      • when I want to learn something new
      • when I want to share my knowledge
      • when I want to contribute to the perl society
      • when I want to feel confident about my perl skills
      (more will be added soon)

      -- In accordance with the prarabdha of each, the One whose function it is to ordain makes each to act. What will not happen will never happen, whatever effort one may put forth. And what will happen will not fail to happen, however much one may seek to prevent it. This is certain. The part of wisdom therefore is to stay quiet.
Re: poll ideas quest 2009
by irah (Pilgrim) on Jun 15, 2009 at 10:04 UTC

    What Quips you like most in Perl-monks?

    • Welcome to the Monastery
    • XP is just number.
    • P is for Practical.
    • Perl Monk, Perl Meditation.
    • Just another Perl shrine.
    • No such thing as a small change.
    • Think about Loose Coupling.
    • "be consistent."
    • Keep It Simple, Stupid.
    • Pathologically Eclectic Rubbish Lister.
    • Perl Sensitive Sunglasses.
    • Syntactic Confectionary Delight.
    • Go ahead... be a heretic.
    • There's more than one way to do things.
    • Perl: the Markov chain saw
    • laziness, impatience, and hubris
    • Your skill will accomplish what the force of many cannot.
    • good chemistry is complicated, and a little bit messy-LW
    • Others.
Re: poll ideas quest 2009
by Ratazong (Monsignor) on Oct 20, 2009 at 11:59 UTC
    Back in 2002 there was a poll on how we have chosen our user-ids: My username is....

    Who else thinks repeating that poll (with exactly the same answers!) would be fun?!

    Rata (wondering if sth. has changed in these years)

      I don't think we should repeat it. Instead, we should have another thread to continue the thread that must not be named, with "2009" in the title, because the original is very long and loads very slow. You could then discuss how you got your screen names in that thread.

Re: poll ideas quest 2009 (17th century)
by ambrus (Abbot) on Jul 11, 2009 at 23:08 UTC

    Science was invented by …

    (This Science.)

    • Kepler
    • Galilei
    • Descartes
    • Huygens
    • Newton
      • Wall (Larry)
Re: poll ideas quest 2009 (shower)
by ambrus (Abbot) on Feb 19, 2009 at 19:29 UTC

    I usually take a shower…

    • in the morning
    • in the evening
    • other

      You speak as if showering is a daily thing. :P

      And you didn't even know bears could type.

        • At Monday
        • On weekend
        • Every month
        • Before Christmas
        • What is the shower?

        Not necessarily. Even if you take a shower only every other day, you'd probably do it either in the morning or the evening (not during work, though another option is doing it in the afternoon right after work).

Re: poll ideas quest 2009
by Discipulus (Canon) on Jun 10, 2009 at 07:38 UTC
    I normally post from:

    north America
    south America
    orbiting spacecraft
    inside the Matrix
    post office
    CowboyNeal's home

      This would be close to a repeat of I live in this Continent.

      Given that the site is now ten years old, the pollsters may decide that we should start to repeat old polls, but then at least repeat the really interesting ones please. Monks can vote on old polls (I went through all of them once), there's an official link to this from polls, and you don't even need votes or level for this. Thus, IMO we should not repeat a poll just because there are lots of new monks that weren't here when it was originally on, but only if there's a reason to believe that the opinions of many monks that have voted on the old poll have changed since. In theory, there could also be an option of making an existing old poll to appear in the voting booth nodelet again, as a way to direct attention to it.

      Update. Let me also note that the official instructions How do I create a Poll? ask you to read all the past polls.

        ok I have to confess (or croak?) that I have not read ALL the previous ones. sorry for the time you lost for this. IMHO an age poll and may a location poll can be repeated. yearly
Re: poll ideas quest 2009 (gender stereotypes)
by ambrus (Abbot) on Apr 07, 2009 at 14:07 UTC

    The following polls ask about habits that stereotypically connect to one gender or the other.

    I squeeze metallic toothpaste tubes…

    • in the middle
    • at the end

    I leave the toilet…

    • seat up
    • seat down, lid up
    • lid down

    I hold maps…

    • the same direction as the terrain it represents
    • so that labels are upside up
      • south up
      • north up
Re: poll ideas quest 2009 (the difference)
by ambrus (Abbot) on Jun 24, 2009 at 11:58 UTC

    After a magic lightning machine zapped me, I'd

    (a lightning machine like this)

    • Wander away uninterestedly
    • Warn everyone nearby not to pull the switch
    • Tell everyone nearby what's happened and ask them to try it
    • Watch others pulling it silently
    • Ask someone nearby to pull it without telling what's happened
    • Pull it again
      You forgot the Cowboy Neal option :)
      • get Cowboy Neal to pull it
Re: poll ideas quest 2009
by BioLion (Curate) on Jul 08, 2009 at 17:03 UTC

    Emotions I feel when posting a new node

    • Hope: Please gods, solve my problem
    • Fear: Please gods, no --
    • Rage: Why can't i solve this myself?
    • Amazement: Look! My words on the internet!
    • Joy: see Hope
    • Apprehension: does my boss know i am here?

    Emotions I feel when posting a reply

    • Depression: ...strictures... use them...
    • Rage: RTFM!!!!
    • Smugness: "IMHO, my reply rocks incredibly hard"
    • Hope: Pleeeeeeease XP!!
    • Fear: Pleeeeeeease no --!!

    Just a something something...
Re: poll ideas quest 2009 (Leibniz's dream)
by ambrus (Abbot) on Dec 10, 2009 at 19:16 UTC

    Does Gödel's incompleteness theorem refute Leibniz's dream about the machine that solves all mathematical problems, as Smullyan suggests?

    The argument is that the machine couldn't correctly answer the question "will you answer false to this question"?

    • Yes
    • Yes, supposing the Church-Turing thesis
    • No, the Church-Turing thesis does not apply to this machine
    • No, Leibniz dreamed of something different
    • No, Leibniz didn't know what he actually wanted
    • No, you won't actually ask such a question from it
    • No, for some other reason

    Update: changed "Do you suppose " to "Does " in the question.

Re: poll ideas quest 2009
by BJ_Covert_Action (Beadle) on Aug 12, 2009 at 06:10 UTC
    I stumbled upon the poll ideas node by...

    • Checking the Quests lists on a daily basis
    • It was mentioned in the chatterbox
    • Googling 'poll ideas Stat 101'...Where am I?
    • Searching for ways to gain XP
    • Crawling through every link one by one
    • Merging my consciousness with my computer...through perl
    • What is a poll ideas node?

Re: poll ideas quest 2009
by apl (Monsignor) on Mar 16, 2009 at 12:56 UTC
    If Perl were a character in Watchmen, it would be:
    • Dr. Manhattan, all-wise, all-powerful
    • Ozymandias: there's got to be a better way than what's currently being done
    • the Comedian, TMTOWTDI: rifle, pistol, flamethrower, fists...
    • Nite-Owl: cool use of technology
    • Silk Spectre: sleak, beautiful, powerful
    • Rorshach: it knows, it cares, and it will keep at the problem when everyone else gives up

    Please add your own jokes about Dollar Bill, Mothman, Hooded Justice, etc. 8-)

Re: poll ideas quest 2009
by bv (Friar) on Aug 27, 2009 at 21:06 UTC

    Perl REALLY stands for:

    • Practical Extraction and Report Language
    • Pathologically Eclectic Rubbish Lister
    • Polymorphic Existential Recursive Lambdas
    • Perl's an Extremely Reliable Language
    • People Earn Respect Lazily
    • Perfection Enters Real Life
    • Programmers Everywhere Relish Leisure
    • Provides Employment for Randal's Lectures
    • Programmers Enter Riding Llamas
    • Perfectly Easy, Really. Look!
    • Perl Expansions are Really Lame
    $,=' ';$\=',';$_=[qw,Just another Perl hacker,];print@$_;
Re: poll ideas quest 2009
by stevieb (Canon) on Aug 28, 2009 at 12:33 UTC

    Why do you use Perl?

    • I don't. I'm just on PerlMonks for the free beer
    • Because Larry's my dad, and he told me I had to
    • Perl is just chicken scratch anyway, so when I write all of my code using regex's, people actually think I know what I'm doing
    • Because Perl makes easy things easy, and hard things possible
    • I was told that if I use Perl, I'm allowed to be lazy, and lazy works for me
    • I really like the writing style of many of its books authors
    • ...what else is there?
    • easy to use, easy to understand
    • it has one of the best online communities anywhere


Re: poll ideas quest 2009
by Polyglot (Chaplain) on Jun 18, 2009 at 15:54 UTC
    Where do you stand on "international coding?"
    • Just give me English, please!
    • Let others worry about that!
    • I wish to code more internationally.
    • I always code for language-compatibility.
    • Everyone should be more language-aware!
    • Perl itself should be translated!
Re: poll ideas quest 2009 (real programmers)
by carlin (Beadle) on Jun 02, 2009 at 23:50 UTC
    Real programmers use:
    • Nano
    • Emacs
    • Vim
    • ed
    • cat
    • A magnetised needle and a steady hand
    • Butterflies
    (options stolen from xkcd)

      Real programmers use Microsoft Word. :P

      I don't mind occasionally having to reinvent a wheel; I don't even mind using someone's reinvented wheel occasionally. But it helps a lot if it is symmetric, contains no fewer than ten sides, and has the axle centered. I do tire of trapezoidal wheels with offset axles. --Joseph Newcomer

      • Paper tape and a perforator
      s/vim/vi, vim, elvis, .../ s/ed/ed, ex, .../ s/cat/cat, type, .../

      and before starting a flame war, maybe a mor einteresting questing is in what environment the fav editor is used

      • scanning writing from paper with ORC
      • ascii terminal (vt320, wyse60, televideo, ...)
      • terminal emulator under windows
      • screen
      • X-client under windows
      • native X on linux
      • native X on mac
      • native X using ssh with X forwarding
      • ...

      Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn
Re: poll ideas quest 2009 (soap)
by ambrus (Abbot) on Aug 24, 2009 at 12:35 UTC
      • smoke
      • sand
      • piss and vinegar
      • naphta
      • blood of virgins
Re: poll ideas quest 2009
by jbt (Chaplain) on Jun 16, 2009 at 04:22 UTC
    My co-workers refuse to learn or use Perl because ...
    • Some people like to type the same sequence of keys until they have Carpal Tunnel.
    • That Java code almost writes itself!
    • The IDE does all that work anyway.
    • No time to pick up a new skill, even if it saves time.
    • Can't read regular expressions.
    • Don't believe in all that "natural language" stuff.
    • On the list of things to do someday.
    • Don't write scripts, just create macros.

Re: poll ideas quest 2009
by perliff (Monk) on Jun 24, 2009 at 08:05 UTC
    Your favorite line describing what monks are "really" doing in the monastery...
    • Others chanting in the Monastery
    • Others cooling their heels in the Monastery
    • Others wandering the Monastery
    • Others surveying the Monastery
    • Others taking refuge in the Monastery
    • Others lurking in the Monastery
    • Others perusing the Monastery
    • Others meditating the Monastery
    • Others contemplating the Monastery
    • Others examining the Monastery
    • Others having an uproarious good time at the Monastery
    • Others imbibing the Monastery
    • Others romping around the Monastery
    • Others exploiting the Monastery
    • Others cooling their heels in the Monastery
    • Others drinking their drinks and smoking their pipes about the Monastery
    • Others avoiding work at the Monastery
    • Others about the Monastery
    • Others scrutinizing the Monastery
    • Others rifling the Monastery
    • Others making s'mores by the fire in the courtyard of the Monastery
    • Others wandering the Monastery



    -with perl on my side

      I think this one needs de-duping.

Re: poll ideas quest 2009
by amir_e_a (Hermit) on Sep 08, 2009 at 20:34 UTC

    Regular expressions should be taught in schools instead of:

    • Math
    • History
    • English
    • Gym class
    • Detention

    My pick would be Math - i find regular expressions rather more useful.

Re: poll ideas quest 2009
by Illuminatus (Curate) on Jul 06, 2009 at 20:53 UTC
    Perl 6 needs a theme song! I think it should be:
    • "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" - BTO
    • "Bridge Over Troubled Water" - Simon & Garfunkel
    • "Messiah" - Handel
    • "Requiem" - Mozart
    • "Stairway to Heaven" - Led Zeppelin
    • "Dazed and Confused" - Led Zeppelin
    • "Walking on Sunshine" - Katrina and the Waves
    • "Walking on Broken Glass" - Annie Lennox
    • "(I can't get no)Satisfaction" - The Rolling Stones
    • "It's more fun to compute" - Kraftwerk
    • "Daisy Bell" - Harry Dacre (but only as performed by either the IBM 704 or the HAL 9000)
    • Anything written by Lalo Schifrin
    • CowboyNeal
    • Other

    Update:Added Kraftwerk suggestion, as it is doubly-relevant (song name, and type of band), as well as Daisy

Re: poll ideas quest 2009 (barefoot)
by ambrus (Abbot) on May 20, 2009 at 10:55 UTC

    Summer's here so how about a simple one like,

    Do you like walking barefoot in the grass?

    • No
    • Yes
      • only if its my grass
      • only if its not yellow
      • only if its not wet
      • only if there are no cows around
      • only if its non noxious
Re: poll ideas quest 2009
by generator (Pilgrim) on Jul 31, 2009 at 01:05 UTC
    What did the hacker(s) steal from PerlMonks?
    1. A list of passwords
    2. the warm feelings among PerlMonks users
    3. nothing, they stole trash!
    4. the respect and trust of community administration by volunteers
    5. the sanctity of the monastary
    6. a little bit of time and effort by every member
      1. <><


Re: poll ideas quest 2009
by AI Cowboy (Beadle) on May 28, 2009 at 02:44 UTC

    What programming language would you like to see secondary to Perl in this site?

    • Java and other variants of Java
    • C and other variant languages
    • functional programming languages such as Mathematica, Haskell, and others
    • other
    • all of the above!


      • English (for native speakers thereof who abuse it badly)
        excuse me? my english is not too bad, actually, besides the fact that I capitalize almost nothing.
      I meant, "C and" not "C nd". sorry for the typo.

        You can edit the post, I believe. Go to the original node and a textbox should be present with the contents of your post. Edit and update.

        I don't mind occasionally having to reinvent a wheel; I don't even mind using someone's reinvented wheel occasionally. But it helps a lot if it is symmetric, contains no fewer than ten sides, and has the axle centered. I do tire of trapezoidal wheels with offset axles. --Joseph Newcomer

Re: poll ideas quest 2009
by SuicideJunkie (Vicar) on Aug 24, 2009 at 14:34 UTC
Re: poll ideas quest 2009 (Bach)
by ambrus (Abbot) on Jul 11, 2009 at 23:07 UTC

    Of the two, I prefer the music of …

    • Bach
    • Mozart
Re: poll ideas quest 2009
by systems (Pilgrim) on Jun 07, 2009 at 10:38 UTC
    What is your favorite programming language?
    • Perl
    • Python
    • Groovy
    • Scala
    • Java
    • Ruby
    • C
    • C++
    • OCaml
    • F#
    • VB.Net
    • Haskell
    • arc

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