Necroposting Considered Beneficialby eyepopslikeamosquito (Bishop)
|on Feb 25, 2021 at 04:43 UTC||Need Help??|
Though I found many previous discussions of anonymous posting (see "Previous Anonymous Monk Discussions" section below), I couldn't find any previous discussions of necroposting. Hence this node. Though my personal opinion is that necroposts are beneficial, I'm interested to learn how other monks feel about them and how they might be improved.
Why I Like Necroposts
As a serious code-golfer for many years I watched in dismay as ... the perl fwp and golf mailing lists died ... the 2002 TPR golf series lasted just one season ... Terje's minigolf site came and went ... as did the kernelpanic.pl Polish golf site, codegolf.com, phpgolf.org, and many more ... while Perl Monks lives on and on and on!!!
The upside is that PM's extreme longevity, combined with its low barrier to entry for non monks to post, has resulted in many invaluable nuggets posted by non-Perl-monk code golf experts. Without PM's low barrier to entry, many of this priceless golfing lore would have been lost for all time.
While most of these responses were made anonymously (signed with the name of the poster), I was pleased to see the greatest code golfer I know of, primo, going to the bother of creating a PM account, solely to respond to PM code golf threads.
Some examples (many more could be given):
Possible Necropost Improvements
I suspect some of the recent necroposts (especially the anonymous ones) were made accidentally (i.e. without the poster being aware they were responding to a thread that was over 10 years old) ... and so wonder if it would be good to provide some sort of warning that you are responding to a really old thread. Some sort of visual indicator decorating the necropost response itself may further be worth considering, so that folks viewing recent nodes can easily spot the necroposts.
Previous Anonymous Monk Discussions
Random Necroposts Added Since The Original Node Was Written
Updated: Minor changes to wording and example node list in "Why I Like Necroposts" section.