Golf is a growing diversion in the Perl community. There is a
perl golf list with dozens of subscribers, including many Monks,
and the TPR competition draws more than a hundred contestants
each month. As a means of including this very enthusiastic group
into our community, I propose that we create a new Golf category
on our site.
A web log structure is ideal for golfing enthusiasts. People enjoy
watching the evolution of golf programs as people post improvements
and we would have a permanent record of useful golf techniques
without the barrier of dealing with a mailing list.
Golf programs currently don't fit easily into any current
category. They are short, but are not really pedagogical
snippets. They are often obfucated, but obfuscation
and golf are differing goals. They are usually complete
programs, but would be out of place in the catacombs. Golf
postings are often placed in Meditations (for their koan-like
quality), but Meditations are more for general discussion of
Perl programming ang programming in general and usually
contain little code. Golf needs a category.
Some might be worried about increasing the number of
categories. I would counter that golf is short and easily
understood by the community. If adding a new category
is really untenable, one could create a single category of
snippets and golf, or meditations and golf, etc. Or one
could retire Craft into the Catacombs. But I think golf
would work best as a standalone category.