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Re: Old Monks go gentle into that good night.

by eyepopslikeamosquito (Bishop)
on Mar 21, 2013 at 19:04 UTC ( #1024804=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Old Monks go gentle into that good night.

Perl monks, it seems, by and large, don't go out with a bang - they just go gentle into that good night. One minute a Perl Monk brimming with years of knowledge and skill, the next minute there will never be cause for another conversation about Perl for the rest of their lives.
Though I suspect you're right (by and large), it's problematic to verify. For example, consider: I understand -- from their public Perl activities -- that these monks are still actively involved with Perl, it's just that they don't hang out here very much nowadays. These are some of the more well-known Perl monks. What about monks who continue to actively use Perl at work, but don't publicly participate in the Perl community anymore? It's impossible to know how many fit into that category.

Sometimes monks disappear for years, then reappear. Sometimes, sadly, they shuffle off this mortal coil.

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Re^2: Old Monks go gentle into that good night.
by xdg (Monsignor) on Apr 02, 2013 at 20:16 UTC

    I suspect many just spend their free time in other places. brian, for instance, has been active on StackOverflow a lot. Others have taken to blogging for interacting with the community in the way that they might have done with Meditations posts previously.

    Personally, I stopped visiting regularly several years ago. The site was terminally slow (seems better now, so +1 to that). I wasn't learning as much as I used to answering people's questions, and answering for the sake of XP wasn't doing much for me other than being a big time sink. I had fewer questions of my own and the nature of those were sufficiently esoteric that I was more often going direct to places like #p5p or #toolchain on IRC.

    So, mostly, I think I just outgrew it.

    It looks like most of my posts since 2009 have just been 'community announcment' type posts. I only checked in today because I got an email with a bug report referencing a thread there.

    Kudos to those saints who are still here, participating vigorously for the next generation.


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