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Re: What Made the Perl Community Mean Spirited?

by Your Mother (Archbishop)
on Feb 12, 2015 at 15:45 UTC ( #1116515=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to What Made the Perl Community Mean Spirited?

Iíve been doing little but Perl for more than 15 years now and Iím on a few mailing lists and read blogs and such and I also have no idea what youíre talking about. If anything, there is less aggression and more tolerance to beginners and more community minded things like Neil Bowerís CPAN Pull Request Challenge than I remember from 10 years ago. There are a couple of prominent hackers who use coarse language while helping as many others as they can by taking time out of busy lives for free. They get criticized sometimes. I think thatís tripe. If hearing the f-word and being told I should have figured out something myself is the ďpriceĒ for technical help and free code that would otherwise cost $1,000Ė$10,000, Iím grateful. Iím an adult and I recognize the deed far outweighs the word. A lot of grown-ups are not adult and expect others to modify their behavior to suit their subjective, localized, sometimes bigoted preferences. Thatís spoilt tripe. FOSS starts with Free for more reasons than money.

Iím here helping with what Iím good at all the time; and as much as I like it in other realms I donít work blue here. Being told that Iím part of a community that is ďso mean spiritedĒ is a bit insulting. ಠ_ಠ

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Re^2: What Made the Perl Community Mean Spirited?
by stonecolddevin (Parson) on Feb 13, 2015 at 17:19 UTC

    I've always felt this way. I learned more from mst and ribasushi than almost anywhere else after I did something stupid and they facepalmed and called me a moron, and then showed me the correct way.

    That being said, I wasn't a green Perl programmer at this point. The irc community has improved tremendously in the past few years in terms of people new to a framework or the language. Only when someone is being completely noncompliant and not following suggestions do they get berated, but more than likely they just get dismissed anymore.

    Three thousand years of beautiful tradition, from Moses to Sandy Koufax, you're god damn right I'm living in the fucking past

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