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poll ideas quest 2007

by ysth (Canon)
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Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by blazar (Canon) on Jul 17, 2007 at 18:04 UTC
      Should Perl become outlawed, what would you do (after the circumstancial denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance)?
      • (any type of) Assembly
      • Basic
      • C
      • C++
      • C#
      • Cobol
      • Fortran
      • Java
      • Lisp
      • PHP
      • Pyton
      • Ruby
      • Shell
      • VHDL
      • Visual Basic
      • write that book you always wanted to write
      • participate in anything GPL/BSD/MIT-licensed
      • build a log cabin and live in the woods ever-after
      • Rebuild Perl from scratch and name it otherwise
        I personally.. well, I don't think it counts as "(any type of) Assembly", so I'd insert FORTH after that choice.


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        I personally believe that I would:

        • Rebuild Perl from scratch and name it Perl

        But I also PB I would do so in a poorer way than $Larry did in the first place.

        Why is this in answer to my own -completely unrelated- suggestion, anyway?

        If you can't understand the incipit, then please check the IPB Campaign.
      I cannot BELIEVE that Dr. Strangelove was omitted. As well as Dr. Phibes.

      Oh, you said BEST.

        and Dr Finlay... well he was the best in the 1970s on british tv, mayb thats why hes not in this list ;+P

        Really, I was mainly thinking of doctors from tv series in the beginning, but eventually the poll suggestion is being broadened to generic fictional doctors and beyond. Adding your own suggestions, of course.

      Here's a few more :-

      • Dr Quincy
      • Dr Kildare
      • Dr Mark Sloan

      Can't think of any others at the moment.

        I know we're all a little nerdy here, but I can't believe no one has mentioned Dr. Ruth!

      Doctor Who is the name of the series, The Doctor is the name of the character.

      There are two fictional characters (there could be more) called "The Doctor" the one on Doctor Who and the one on Star Trek: Voyager.

      Babylon 5 (cosmology) - Dr. Stephen Franklin and Dr. Sarah Chambers.

      seaQuest - Dr. Kristin Westphalen, Dr.Wendy Smith, and Dr. Perry.

      ER: (The following appeared in at least 6 episodes.)

      • Dr. Jessica Albright
      • Dr. Donald Anspaugh
      • Dr. Alexander Babcock
      • Dr. Peter Benton
      • Dr. Ray Barnett
      • Dr. John Carter
      • Dr. Jing-Mei Chen
      • Dr. Victor Clemente
      • Dr. Janet Coburn
      • Dr. Elizabeth Corday
      • Dr. Nick Cooper
      • Dr. Dustin Crenshaw
      • Dr. David Cvetic
      • Dr. Anna Del Amico
      • Dr. Carl Deraad
      • Dr. Eddie Dorset
      • Dr. Maggie Doyle
      • Dr. Lucien Dubenko
      • Dr. Dale Edson
      • Dr. Cleo Finch
      • Dr. Greg Fischer
      • Dr. Steven Flint
      • Dr. Michael Gallant
      • Dr. Dennis Gant
      • Dr. Tony Gates
      • Dr. Paul Grady
      • Dr. Mark Greene
      • Dr. Angela Hicks
      • Dr. Jack Kayson
      • Dr. Abby Keaton
      • Dr. Luka Kovac
      • Dr. Sarah Langworthy
      • Dr. Kim Legaspi
      • Dr. Susan Lewis
      • Dr. Abby Lockhart
      • Dr. Dave Malucci
      • Dr. David Morgenstern
      • Dr. Kevin Moretti
      • Dr. Archie Morris
      • Dr. Paul Myers
      • Dr. Eve Peyton
      • Dr. Nina Pomerantz
      • Dr. Gregory Pratt
      • Dr. Neela Rasgotra
      • Dr. Robert Romano
      • Dr. Bogdanilivestsky Romansky
      • Dr. Doug Ross
      • Dr. William Swift
      • Dr. Tabash
      • Dr. John Taglieri
      • Dr. Upton
      • Dr. Carl Vucelich
      • Dr. Kerry Weaver
      • Dr. Ellis West

      Want more?

      Lady Aleena

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

        Babylon 5 (cosmology) - Dr. Stephen Franklin and Dr. Sarah Chambers.

        Do you really mean cosmology? Anyway I found Dr. Stephen Franklin in Wikipedia, but not Dr. Sarah Chambers. So I'm adding the former.

        seaQuest - Dr. Kristin Westphalen, Dr.Wendy Smith, and Dr. Perry.

        Of these, the first seems to be the "most important" one, and I would add her to the list. What do you think about it?

        ER: (The following appeared in at least 6 episodes.)

        Oh no! I know in advance there would be far too many of them from that series. Just name the one which in your seemingly far from being humble opinion is the one there.

        Want more?

        Not sure, this poll proposal, which initially seemed interesting is now slowly turning somewhat into a nightmare and I find it unlikely to be accepted anyway. Perhaps I should have better stated the scope of "Dr." charachters to be listed as options...

      DR Congo? :p
      Dr. Stephen Colbert
      Hmm, Dr. Doom would be a nice add. As would be Dr. Strange, Dr. Don Blake (alter ego of Thor), (and not to leave the DC characters out) Dr. Light. (These are all comic book characters in the US, so probably not the best choices...)

      Update: How could I have forgotten Dr. Frank N. Furter! Man.

      tubaandy Ph.D. (no, really)

      Dr. Alban - a dentist who had a big hit with "It's my life"

      It's from 1992, and I still can't get that song out of my head.

        I remember the hit perfectly well, I was a teenager back then after all. I was thinking of (little more than) fictional charachters though and I fear that adding real-life "doctors" would lenghten the list too much. Or make for a completely different poll.

      How did we manage to overlook Dr. Demento?

      Or am I the only one here over 35 with a warped sense of humor?

      Dr. Detroit
      Dr. Dre(N.W.A)
      Dr. Dre(Yo! MTV Raps)
      Dr. Funkenstein
      I am looking for Dr. John H. Watson
      Dr Watson

      "Yet what are all such gaieties to me
      Whose thoughts are full of indices and surds?"
      quotes the Lama
      Dr. Jack Shephard
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by McDarren (Abbot) on Jan 30, 2008 at 13:20 UTC
    I joined PerlMonks because I wanted to learn about Perl, but now I stay because...

    • I want to learn about Perl
    • I like to teach people about Perl
    • I found a case of the most excellent red in the cellar, and I ain't leaving till it's empty [hic!]
    • I'm a member of the illuminati, and I know where you live!
    • It's a great pick-up joint
    • I haven't got my pony yet!
    • I dropped my car keys somewhere and I can't find them :<
    • I'm addicted to the ChatterBox
    • I've become an XP whore
    • I'm waiting for paco's next question

    Update:Noticed a presence in the CB just now, and realised that I missed an obvious one (pony) ;)

      ++ Very nice McDarren and a good choice of categories.

      Seems soo long now since we had a new poll!

      We want a New Poll

      I like this poll!

      • I want to pick up ideas for writing new CPAN module(s)
      • I want to answer questions about my CPAN modules

      Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by rgiskard (Hermit) on Dec 11, 2007 at 01:14 UTC
    Favorite lie you tell children!
    • Santa Claus brings you presents.
    • If you goto college you'll get a good job.
    • The Easter Bunny brings you candy.
    • Tooth Fairy takes your teeth and gives you $$ (no not your pid, money).
    • School is good for you, and will help you learn.
    • God.
    • Not God.
    • You'll grow up to be something special, like president!!
    • Tooth Fairy takes your tooth and creates furies from it to ruin your life.
    • Light is a particle.
    • Light is a wave.
    • Light is magic, and so is electricity.

      Perl 6 will be released in your lifetime.

      • Winning isn't everything
      • You can be anything you want to be

      and in completely poor taste:

      • ...daddy will be right back
      • Children are brought by the stork
      • Children are drawn from cabbage
      • If you be silent for 15 minutes you get a cookie
      • I always had good notes at school when I was young

      Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn
Poll idea: Monk's Main Theme?
by LanX (Saint) on Nov 13, 2008 at 14:04 UTC

      Verrrrrrry nice. Underappreciated tweet. Post. I meant post.

        Thanks for digging that out, I was very childish back then°.

        But I'd certainly love to hear more suggestions and musical references...

        Cheers Rolf
        (addicted to the Perl Programming Language :)
        Wikisyntax for the Monastery

        °) now I'm baby'ish, giggling while chewing on my toes

Re: poll ideas quest 2007 (Larrys)
by bobf (Monsignor) on Jan 25, 2008 at 06:13 UTC

      Leisure Suit Larry, and a couple of his friends?

      Update: I've been informed that this is a duplicate. :) But I'm not sure I'd make this selection w/o the "couple'a'friends" part.

      - tye        

      Larry Linville ("Frank Burns eats worms!")
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by apl (Monsignor) on Jan 11, 2008 at 10:50 UTC
    When I curse / pray, I invoke
    • the nameless Master of the Universe
    • a conventional, historical religious figure (Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha)
    • a conventional, historical non-religious figure (Groucho Marx, Charles Babbage, Raquel Welch)
    • simple, classic scatology
    • the Flying Spaghetti Monster
    • Aule, creator of Dwarves, patron of Programmers
    • Chthulu
    • Great Caeser's Ghost
    • Shazam
    • Larry Wall
    • I don't; cursing / praying is for the weak
    • Other
    Revised to include Aule, as per ambrus.

      I ask for the blessings of Aulë, the lord of all earthly matter, master in all sciences and crafts, and personification of the programmer's virtues: wanting to automate things instead of doing them by hand, impatience, and pride of creating and owning something unique.

        A fellow Dwarf! I knew I wasn't alone!

        Do I have your permission to add him to the list?
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by blazar (Canon) on Oct 05, 2007 at 16:21 UTC

    Thanks to XP champion Cop, I found out a thread started back in 2001 by japhy which is actually in the form of a poll but seems to have never made its way to polls. I'm reposting it here with additions from the various replies given in the original thread, some cosmetic interventions and a pair of suggestions of my own.

    Perl Programmers Don't Die...

    • they get DESTROYed
    • their refcount drops to 0
    • they get collected
    • they just refer to something else
    • they just warn
    • if they're in an eval
    • they croak
    • they form a circular self-reference and so continue to exist forever, but become inaccessible
    • they shutdown
    • they are exported
    • if they are blessed
    • if they are damned
    • they reset $self
    • they go out of scope
    • they get undefined
    • they just leave the symbol table
    • they get dumped and hope someone remembers the reverse
    • they accidentally get stringified and can't be restored
    • they're obfuscated and B::Deparse can't handle it
    • someone enables strict and they have to adapt or leave
    • they're locals and you move away
    • they're deprecated for the next release
    • they just fade to Python
    • they just hibernate waiting for Perl 6

      Hilarious. This one makes it so hard to pick one. Several apply. I miss some bitrot variant, or reincarnation after perltidy.

      Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn

        Indeed. I was particularly amused by the last option ... no-one could possibly hibernate for that length of time.

Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by papidave (Pilgrim) on Sep 10, 2007 at 21:44 UTC
    The style of my comments is best described as:
    • sparse, accurate, and clear
    • harder to read than the code itself
    • irrelevant by the time the code itself is complete
    • entirely implemented in POD
    • formatted to meet someone else's pathetic standard
    • HTML-links to the detailed design
    • unnecessary, because my code is so easy to read
    • undesirable, because I don't want you reading my code

      ASCII art of the state machine or some other UML diagram.

      - tye        

      • deliberately misleading
      • inexistent (style or comments?)
      • Written in Hindi, because that's how it will do the most good
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by blazar (Canon) on Sep 18, 2007 at 15:45 UTC

    When they kick at your front door how you gonna come?

Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by gregor42 (Parson) on Dec 27, 2007 at 15:10 UTC
    You find that you are the only one left in your department on the week between the Holidays. Do you:
    • Use the time to catch up on work
    • Use the time to bone up on perl
    • Use the time to goof off on perlmonks
    • Eat a lot of pastries
    • All of the above
    • Time? What time? I have work to do!
    • Invent some work to justify yourself (consultant)
    • Clean everything in sight
    • Play nerf football with the network guys in the hall
    • Craft cunning booby-traps for your missing coworkers
    • Finally get around to writing that killer module you've always wanted to
    • Zzzzzzzz....

    Wait! This isn't a Parachute, this is a Backpack!
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by hominid (Priest) on Oct 06, 2008 at 18:04 UTC
    The recent economic turmoil has me...
    • not worried at all. I work for the government, I'd have to kill somebody to get fired.
    • not worried much. I'm an expert in my field and I should always have work.
    • not caring at all. I'm already unemployed.
    • a little worried. I noticed recently that my company switched to one-ply paper in all the restrooms.
    • worried. HR sent around a form asking all employees for an update on our "company relevant skill sets".
    • panicked. I write financial services software.
    • searching for a good Masters program. It'll all blow over in a couple of years and I'll cash in then.
    • practicing the phrase "Do you want fries with that"?
    Suggestions welcome.
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by blazar (Canon) on Jul 21, 2007 at 11:47 UTC

    Were it not a monastery, my favourite metaphor for PerlMonks would have been:

    • a Perl Ranch
    • a Perl Dojo1
    • a Perl Castle
    • a Perl Restaurant
    • a Perl Bedlam
    • a Perl Circus
    • a Perl Camp
    • a Perl Factory
    • a Perl Barrack

    1 This is my absolute favourite and something that ideally I would like to create, devoted to the teaching and development of Perl::Jutsu and Perl::Do.

      Why can't we just be a Buddhist monastery and teach Perl-do and Perl-jutsu? I researched this answer a bit, and found out that (according to the online J/E dictionary I use) Perl in Japanese is Paari (パール). So, we have some new areas to add to perlmonks:

      • パール道 (Perl-do): The Philosophy of Perl
      • パール術 (Perl-jutsu): The Technique of Perl
        Why can't we just be a Buddhist monastery and teach Perl-do and Perl-jutsu?

        Because it is not: the religious metaphor of the Monastery is deliberately and for a good reason IMHO a generic one. But in some traits it is more of a western nature.

        I researched this answer a bit, and found out that (according to the online J/E dictionary I use) Perl in Japanese is Paari (パール).

        Thank you for your research, which I certainly value much and will save for future reference, but it is my understanding that 道 and 術 are kanji while the transliteration of "perl" is probably katakana, and I don't have the slightest idea if one can mix them freely like you do. Not saying that you can't, I just don't know! Hopefully someone with a better Japanese knowledge will shed some light on this. Incidentally not too much time ago I heard that $Larry is also studying it.

        Update: liverpole informs me that it's fine to mix katakana with kanji.

        So, we have some new areas to add to perlmonks

        Haha, adding new areas, no seriously: haha! Like it or not, this is the most common source of downvotes in PMDs. While I hate that this is the case a priori... on a really serious basis, I would also not add such areas. For Perl-jutsu and Perl-do should permeate quite about everything anyway. When you tell someone how to do some particular thing in answer to a SoPW, you're teaching a little (or not so little) piece of Perl-jutsu. With passing many pieces of Perl-jutsu, and slowly showing how to shape a Perl program in a perlish way, the teaching of elements of Perl-do also takes place. In fact the latter is not really something that can be taught in the strictest sense, it is probably more true that it is something one gains conscience of in the long run, day by day.

        パール道 (Perl-do): The Philosophy of Perl

        I think that as with some other Japanese words, "philosophy" is an inaccurate translation of the real meaning of "do"...

      A Perl Bathhouse
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by apl (Monsignor) on Feb 05, 2008 at 18:43 UTC
    I did my due diligance, and found What do you call yourself? from June of 2004. It was a thread, not a poll, slightly different in orientation (it was about what you are called by others; I'm curious what you call yourself), and a fair amount of time has passed:

    What do you consider yourself?

    • Software Engineer / Hardware Engineer Firmware Engineer
    • Web Designer
    • Programmer
    • Developer
    • Communications Tech
    • Student / Teacher
    • Technical Support / Speaker to Users
    • Technical Lead / Project Manager
    • Architect
    • DBA
    • SysAdmin
    • Consultant
    • Systems Analyst
    • Security Specialist
    • Manager
    • Data Miner
    • Jack of All Trades
    • God
    • All of the above
    • Most of the above
    • Some of the above
    • None of the above
    Revised Included cbu suggestions.
      • All of the above
      • Most of the above
      • Some of the above
      • None of the above

      The last option definitely should be a valid option in the Dutch political voting system. It is not yet.

      Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn
Re: poll ideas quest 2007 (theory of computation is...)
by blokhead (Monsignor) on Dec 16, 2007 at 16:44 UTC
    Theory of computation (Turing machines, automata, computational complexity, algorithms, NP completeness, big-O) is ...
    • The crowning achievement of humankind
    • Awesome; the PCP theorem makes me weak in the knees
    • Pretty cool; I've even applied some of those things in practice
    • Interesting, but hard to understand
    • Something I've always wanted to learn more about, but never have the time
    • Something I don't think I'll ever really understand
    • Irrelevant for me; Never used it, never will
    • In theory the same as practice, but in practice it's not*
    • Something I barely survived in school and never want to think about again
    • Best left to someone other than me
    • A necessary evil in computer science
    • A tactic employed by CS departments to make their students miserable
    • A bunch of useless, self-important, academic jibberish
    • Too impenetrable and abstract to even make up my mind


Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by rminner (Chaplain) on Feb 23, 2008 at 15:10 UTC
    My Programming Style is
    • perl4 style
    • procedural
    • object oriented
    • functional
    • a linear programm without subs or objects (they confuse me)
    • copy and paste style
    • a procedural flavour , with a functional touch and some objects to spice it up
    • goto spaghetti style
    • perlmonks style
    • I don't need style. I am perfect
Which poll do you want? (was: Re: poll ideas quest 2007)
by moritz (Cardinal) on May 08, 2008 at 10:05 UTC
      • Any Poll will do, I'm getting withdrawal symptoms!

        Ok, but let's just leave the chicken–egg one up until chicken gets the lead. It needs just five votes now.

      Why choose? Bring 'em all.

Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by wolfger (Deacon) on Nov 09, 2007 at 13:44 UTC

    A sure sign of the apocalypse:

    • Oil at $100/barrel
    • Ice caps melting, polar bears getting hungry
    • USA finally having a woman and a minority as serious contenders for the presidency
    • iTunes selling DRM-free music
    • Microsoft getting into "open source"
    • Perl6 completed
    • Voting Booth: No recent polls found

Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by mmmmtmmmm (Monk) on Aug 28, 2007 at 09:00 UTC

    When you are are having a Perl problem you

    1. Consult a copy of $the_best_perl_book_ever
    2. Hit the IRC channels and ask for advice
    3. perl -d
    4. Head over to the monastery to meditate
    5. Drink yourself to sleep, and think about it the next morning.
    6. perldoc
    7. Google
    8. I am super h@x0r -- there is nothing I don't know about Perl
      • Go to the Perl Psychologist. (But generally disguise it as a friend of mine's Perl problem.)
      9. regret hiring that $#*$%& contractor
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by moritz (Cardinal) on Aug 29, 2007 at 09:53 UTC
    Perl 7 will...

    • never exist
    • be a libjustdoit wrapper
    • read my mind and do all the programming for me
    • be gods rewrite of Perl
    • compile LOLCODE

    I know this is even sillier than usual, I welcome ideas for more options

      ...probably be out before Perl 6
      • Be a port of perl 5.496 to run on the new PQC (Personal Quantum Computer).
      -- gam3
      A picture is worth a thousand words, but takes 200K.
      • will be the intergalactic community rewite.
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by cmv (Chaplain) on Feb 15, 2008 at 19:59 UTC
    I'm feeling a bit immature today...

    Being a Programmer is a lot like being a member of the worlds oldest profession because...

    1.) They both begin with 'P'.
    2.) You don't want to admit your involvement to certain people.
    3.) You start by experimenting, then doing it for fun, then for a few friends, then as a special favor, and finally for money.
    4.) You have to always worry about what's getting mounted, how much forking is going on, knowing that some Wang's are never any good, and you try not to create too many children.
    5.) Really bad dental and vision plans.

Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by gregor42 (Parson) on Jan 02, 2008 at 15:30 UTC
    • Are starved for attention
    • Should know better
    • Waste valuable bandwidth
    • All of the above
    • Should be ignored
    • Should be reaped
    • Occasionally make me smile
    • Can be moderated when they get out of hand
    • Are Merry Pranksters reminding us not to take ourselves too seriously
    • Live under bridges
    • Can still be found on eBay
    • Regenerate 2hp/round
    • Should seek reparations from the Elves

    Wait! This isn't a Parachute, this is a Backpack!
      Should seek reparations from the Elves
      Hmm... aren't they beyond repair and converted to stone with the first sunlight?


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Re: poll ideas quest 2007 (holy war)
by ambrus (Abbot) on Feb 28, 2008 at 22:08 UTC

    I suggest that My Favorite Holy War is: be repeated with more options, and turned into a double poll like Re: poll ideas quest (housework).

    Some more options that come into my mind are:

    • IE vs. Firefox
    • Linux vs. BSD
    • PC vs. Mac
    • Intel vs. AMD
    • Qwerty vs. Dvorak
    • (Update) MySQL vs. SQLite

    Please suggest more options.

    Update: yes, the point of this poll was to advertize my old poll idea on housework. The holy wars thing is just a convenient excuse for it.

      • vi vs emacs
      • i++ vs ++i
      • indent width
      • tabs vs spaces
      • expr and action; vs action if expr;

      And don't start adding non-IT stuff like music

      Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn
        • vi vs emacs
        • tabs vs spaces

        These two were in the original My Favorite Holy War is: poll, I meant that poll to be extended with options.

      Brace placement style. A lot of people tend to be very religious about this.

      # The best way... if (something) { do something; do some more; } else { whatever; whatever; } # The acceptable style: if (something) { do something; do some more; } else { whatever; whatever; } # The classic K&R style (ugh): if (something) { do something; do some more; } else { whatever; whatever; } # The conversational style... if (something) {do something; do some more} else {whatever; whatever}

      I'm not sure if there's any major variants that I've missed.


        The best, and only acceptable way is, of course:

        # The best way... if (something) { do something; do some more; } else { whatever; whatever; }

        Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn

      • Perl vs. my @otherlangs = ('Ruby','Python','JAVA');$otherlangs[rand($#otherlangs)];
      • Perlmonks vs. $trollnames[rand($#trollnames)];

      . . . and I'll leave populating @trollnames as an exercise for the reader.

      #my sig used to say 'I humbly seek wisdom. '. Now it says:
      use strict;
      use warnings;
      I humbly seek wisdom.


        That never chooses the last troll. Use $trollnames[rand(@trollnames)] instead.

      The old PC vs. Mac idea isn't as relevant as it once was since the Macs of today (and yesterday to an extent) are built on the same basic architecture as PCs. To be more accurate it should probably read Windows vs. (OS X|Mac|Apple).
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by apl (Monsignor) on Sep 27, 2007 at 23:25 UTC
    If Perl Monks were a song, it would be
    • HELP!, by The Beatles
    • Lean On Me, by The Temptations
    • (You May be Wrong, But) You May be Right by Billy Joel
    • We are the Champions, by Queen
    • Patterns, by Simon and Garfunkel
    • He Ain't Heavy (He's my Brother) by The Hollies
    • It's a Jungle Out There (_Monk_ Theme song) by Randy Newman
    • The Pearl Lyrics by Emmylou Harris
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by rudder (Scribe) on Mar 26, 2008 at 15:38 UTC

    I plan to start learning Perl 6:

    • probably this week or next
    • when I find a good intro tutorial
    • when my OS provides a Parrot deb/rpm
    • when Rakudo implements n percent of Perl 6 features
    • when one or more Damian clones are reanimated
    • when the Christmas arrives
    • a year or so after the Christmas
    • not for a long while, if ever
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by technojosh (Priest) on Aug 17, 2007 at 21:56 UTC
    it is with great hesitation I submit this as a poll idea:

    when I discuss scripting with family/friends, they:

    • turn and talk to somebody else
    • get nervous and hide the laptop
    • become intrigued
    • fall asleep
    • ask how to get a job
    • ask if I can automate their job
    • run away screaming
    • change the subject
    • call me a geek
      • Bring up some obscure problem they had with their computer that makes no sense then look at you expectantly

      - tye        

      when I discuss scripting with family/friends, they:
      • ask you wheter you can also program
        You know I have this (bug|annoying behaviour) in program XY, will you fix it?
        And if you say "no" it's:
        Wait, I thought you're a programmer?

        holli, /regexed monk/
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by apl (Monsignor) on Jan 23, 2008 at 19:34 UTC
    I work
    • at home
    • from the nearest Starbucks
    • in an office
    • in a cubicle farm
    • shoulder to shoulder with my team-mates
    • wherever there's a free Wifi connection
    • all of the above
    • none of the above
    • Work? What is this work?
    • Other

      Thanks for the poll suggestion; they have been rather thin of late. Unfortunately, this one is rather close to At my main job I mostly occupy my..., but then it took me a while to find it even when I knew it was there and it certainly has been a while since it was posted. So it might be worth posting this one now.

      It unfortunately seems that most of the pollsters have also run out of steam as far as actually putting up polls. If you (yes, you, the one reading this right now; stop looking over your shoulder as it makes you look paranoid) would like to earn the awesome power of posting new polls at PerlMonks (not just poll suggestions), then come up with some good poll ideas, put some polish on them (believe it or not, many of our polls actually involved research), and post them in this thread. If they tickle the gods, you could easily win a "Member of:" item for your homenode.

      - tye        

        Depending on the turn-over rate in the Monastery, or the average human memory, you might well be able to start recycling polls from 4 or 5 years ago...
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by hangon (Deacon) on Aug 25, 2007 at 09:11 UTC

    What kind of pet do you prefer?

    • dog
    • cat
    • fish
    • bird
    • gerbil
    • snake
    • horse
    • monkey
    • camel
    • other people's
    • virtual
    • I call my wife/husband/lover "Pet"
    • none, animals belong in the wilderness

    Update: added camel, see below

      • rabbit
      • ferret
      • guinea pig
      • rat


      • Parrot
      -- gam3
      A picture is worth a thousand words, but takes 200K.

      I can't f**king believe camel is not an option...

      Update: also, the same poll (with some differences) is already in Past Polls.

        That's because a camel does not represent Perl. It reprents O'Reilly media, who uses the image of a camel to sell Perl books. This is not to diss O'Reilly, who have always been very supportive of Perl. The image of Perl is an onion.

        I suppose that means we should have a poll about favourite soup ingredients.

        • another intruder with the mooring in the heart of the Perl

        The past poll was seven years ago, and didn't include animals that people are likely to keep (other than on O'Reilly book covers). But using that criteria, I guess camel does apply in some parts of the world.

        Now, to expand grinder's poll idea ;-D

        What are your favorite soup ingredients?

Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by wolfger (Deacon) on Feb 15, 2008 at 13:22 UTC

    For St. Patrick's Day...

    How do you feel about St. Patrick?

    • Erin Go Bragh!
    • Erin Go Braless!
    • I'm an orangman
    • He beat the Python snakes out of Ireland, so he's good in my book!
    • He beat the snakes druids out of Ireland, so I hate him!
    • Green beer! Woohoo!
    • Guiness! Woohoo!
    • St. who?
    • Better than Valentine...

Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by apl (Monsignor) on Jul 08, 2008 at 18:49 UTC

      Of all the gin joints in all the universes in all of fiction, I had to walk into:

      Update: s/Oh/Of/

      - tye        

        Great Groucho! I am not worthy to breathe the same air as you!

        Revised: I should have said I was shocked, Shocked, to realize I'd overlooked two bars from that movie...

        Thank you; I'm ashamed I didn't remember to include those two. May I use them?

        By the way, you wouldn't happen to remember the name of the bar One-Thumb owned in the Thieve's World books, would you? It was the Vulgar Unicorn...

        I'll add these, if you don't mind. Great picks.

      Probably the fictional bar to appear the most often in films, books and TV is the Last Chance Saloon

      But perhaps this doesn't count as it is both fictional and non-fictional

        Many thanks, ++, and it's included.

        It's interesting how there's any number of (in)famous bars in SF and fantasy, but so few in detective stories and westerns. You'd think the bars in High Noon or Shane or The Magnificent Seven would be memorable, but none of them come to mind.

        So The Last Chance Saloon gets to stand in for all of them.

      • Moe's Bar
      • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
        Great minds, and all that. Please click on Milliway's in the original list.
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by tubaandy (Deacon) on Jan 16, 2008 at 16:15 UTC
    When I play music, I play:

  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Bass
  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Oboe
  • Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium/Tuba
  • Percussion
  • Piano
  • Harp
  • Banjo
  • Guitar
  • Fiddle
  • Tabla
  • I Sing
  • iPod
  • Radio
  • Nothing, Silence Please

    I know for a fact I missed a ton of instruments, and would love to include them. Please let me know!


      When I (try to) play music, I ...

      • Annoy others
      • tap my fingers on the nearest surface

      Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn
      • Jew's Harp
      • Kazoo
      • the Beatles
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by goibhniu (Hermit) on Sep 12, 2007 at 21:33 UTC
      #cbstream on IRC of course
      * Now talking on #cbstream
      * Topic for #cbstream is: bidirectional chatterbox bridge
                              | FAQ:
                              | am experimenting with porting cbstream to the everything2 cb at #cbriver
      * Topic for #cbstream set by b_jonas_ at Tue Sep 11 11:40:31 2007

      Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn

        Funnily, goibhniu mentioned the robomonk bride, which I think isn't even running nowdays.

        The im2 telnet stream chould also be included in the list.

        There's also the old cbhistory.

        Ah. Good catch. Glad you found it before pollsters turned this into a "real" poll.

        #my sig used to say 'I humbly seek wisdom. '. Now it says:
        use strict;
        use warnings;
        I humbly seek wisdom.
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by TimButterfield (Monk) on Feb 20, 2008 at 19:24 UTC
    My code is understandable by...
    • a Perl novice
    • someone comfortable with Perl
    • an experienced Perl user
    • an expert Perl user
    • a Perl guru
    • Larry
      • No-one, not even me after a certain time

      Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by shmem (Chancellor) on Sep 21, 2008 at 22:35 UTC
    I expect CERN's LHC outcome to be
    • wasted energy
    • significant advance in physics
    • the Higgs Boson detected
    • Black Holes devouring earth
    • Nobel Prize for someone
    • Switzerland wasted
    • critics blamed
    • The Pandora Box
    • a hubris museum
    • nothing interesting
    • something else

    Not funny, perhaps.

    update: looks like a LHC poll was a good idea, but my proposed choices weren't. Ah well...

Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by dgaramond2 (Monk) on Oct 11, 2007 at 14:02 UTC

    Ok, this one's boring, but I sincerely am wondering about the opinions of fellow monks. I personally only drool over the new regex/rule and not much anything else. Well, macro comes second, but not very close.

    What do you think is the single most important feature of Perl 6?

    • specification-implementation separation
    • static typing
    • parameter specification
    • sigil invariance
    • "real" OOP
    • lazy eval
    • junctions and paralel programming
    • macros
    • new regex/rule
    • Parrot
    • Pugs
    • the fact that it is a new version to prove that Perl is still "alive"
    • the fact that it gives Perl 5 a lot of good ideas to steal from
      What do you think is the single most important feature of Perl 6?

      I personally believe that chromatic knows better, so I'm pillaging him:

      • lexically malleable grammars
      • the default grammar
      • continuations
      • co-routines
      • generators
      • hyperoperators
      • multiple dispatch
      • multiple simultaneous versions of the same module existing in process
      • STM
      • hypothetical variables

      My personal (humourous) addition:

      • its ability to become a typical troll's flamebait

      As far as your options are concerned, I'd rename some of them as follows:

      • static typing => the type system
      • parameter specification => function signatures
      • "real" OOP => solid object system, with roles and metaclasses
      • lazy eval => lazy lists
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by ww (Archbishop) on Apr 08, 2008 at 00:34 UTC

    [Pp]erl is *NOT* ...

    1. good for writing OSen (unless you have access to a computer)
    2. a route to fame (outside the Monastery &Co.) and fortune
    3. PERL
    4. yet debauched in a proprietary version from _____ (pick a villain)
    5. a tool for putting the toothpaste back in the tube
    6. to be mixed with Single Malt scotch (in a glass, that is)
    7. able to prevent religious wars over editors
    8. an appropriate addition to Oyster stew
    9. overburdened with good buzz

    Perhaps this needs a "kicker" IMO; a final choice that's (even more) utterly outlandish....

      • for those who think there should only be one way to solve a problem
      • for those who think hash is something made with potatoes and corned beef
      • for the faint of heart
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by davies (Prior) on Apr 21, 2008 at 12:03 UTC
    Not having been to the cinema since about 1983, I suspect there have to be more & better options than these, but it'll do to get things started.

    My favourite computer related movie is:
    • Hot Millions
    • A Man, a Woman and a Bank
    • Billion Dollar Bubble
    • Hackers
    • Tron
    • S1m0ne

    John Davies

      A somewhat limited genre, but I came up with:

      • The Net - Sandra Bullock as a geek?
      • Enigma - More of a history lesson, before computers were computers.
      • Swordfish - Does Halley Berry really go for crackers?
      • Firewall - Harrison Ford as a geek trapped in a drone's job, but at least he gets to kick butt at the end.
      Cool poll idea! Sneakers would be great on the list. There are tons of others!

Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by dwhite20899 (Friar) on Nov 12, 2007 at 17:05 UTC
    At least a foot (30 cm) of snow is predicted for tomorrow. Do you:
    • gas up the Hummer and don't worry
    • look forward to playing with the snow blower
    • remind the kids that shoveling snow builds character
    • remind everyone you'll be staying home
    • live in Buffalo and ignore it
    • live in San Jose and freak out
Re: poll ideas quest 2007 (safety vs freedom)
by ambrus (Abbot) on Feb 14, 2008 at 10:07 UTC

    The most important thing in life is ...

    • art
    • children
    • faith
    • family
    • food
    • freedom
    • friends
    • future
    • games
    • happiness
    • health
    • hobby
    • homeland
    • hope
    • internet
    • knowledge
    • language
    • looks
    • love
    • money
    • music
    • peace
    • perl
    • pets
    • safety
    • science
    • sex
    • shelter
    • size
    • understanding
    • work

    A bit too long, but I dunno how to cut it down well. We could just do safety vs. freedom or love vs. freedom, but those have been done.

    Update: you could also add "justice" and perhaps "vengeance".

      As there imho is not a single most important thing in life, as that might be depending on your currunt mood/occupation/relation/whatever, this is one of those polls, where tickboxes would be prefered over radiobuttons

      Not that I am religieus, but I miss religion and/or belief (not the same, and also not the same as faith).

      Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by hangon (Deacon) on Sep 12, 2007 at 22:26 UTC
      She ain't cool, and she's always wearing that stupid hat, but give the woman some credit -- she did kind of start the whole nursing thing:

      Florence Nightingale


      That would (of course) be "my wife / my GF", when I am ill

      Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn
      How about Nurse Ratchet, the 31st-century version of Nurse Ratched?

      /usr/bin/perl '-nemap$.%$_||redo,2..$.++;print$.--'
      • Animaniacs' nurse
Re: poll ideas quest 2007 (memory allocation metaphor)
by ambrus (Abbot) on Feb 20, 2008 at 11:02 UTC

    For discussing memory allocation schemes, the best metaphor is

    • hang-drying clothes
    • movie seating (considers cache locality issues)
    • parking
    • packing in a bag
    • packing in a cupboard
    • packing in a dishwasher

    Please suggest other options to add before this goes up as a poll. Thanks.

      • None. Metaphors don't work.
      • Planning your agenda with family visits 'round Christmas time

      Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn
Re: poll ideas quest 2007 (middle name)
by ambrus (Abbot) on Nov 12, 2008 at 22:58 UTC

    Do you have a middle name?

    • No
    • No, but I'd like one
    • No, but I compensate with a double-barrelled surname
    • Yes, but I hate it
    • Yes

    I don't have one and I'd like one. I sometimes think up conspiration theories on why my parents didn't give me one.

    Update 2009-12-02: realized in Do you have a middle name?.

    Update 2009-12-03: corrected spelling from "barelled" to "barrelled", found by AnomalousMonk.

      • No, but the Americans think I do

      Try to fill in your name in American forms is not fun if you do not live in an American state (but the field is still required) and if your name is H.Merijn Brand. Worst thing that can happen is that semi-intelligent software changes that to Merijn H. Brand or simply refuses to accept.

      Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn
      My father served in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. During Boot Camp, the Instructor asked him why my Dad left the 'middle name' part of a form empty.

      "I don't have one" was the response.

      "Don't be an idiot! Everyone has a middle name! What's your Christian name, the name you were given when you were baptised?"

      "I'm a Jew, Chief Petty Officer! I don't have a Christian name!"

      Dad made certain we all had middle names, to save us from having to do extra push-ups later in our lives...

Re: poll ideas quest 2007 (Shat flames guy)
by ambrus (Abbot) on Jul 23, 2008 at 17:19 UTC

    As poll titles can't contain links, this one can't work as is, but someone might recommend some solution for that. Also, the topic of this one might be wrong for polls.

    The shat flames guy really was…

    • telling the truth
    • installing perl instead of VB on a linux box, annoyed with learning perl, making a silly joke
    • 12, but joking otherwise
    • older, but funny
    • trolling
    • flaming
    • actually a well-known monk

    The answers are not really exclusive, but that's not a big problem I think.

    Update 2011-06-07: apl has posted the similar Re: poll ideas quest 2011 about what is for key pls.

      I like it!

      Also, how about:

      My computer poops flames because...

      • I listened to shat flames guy
      • There was too much ramen in the fan
      • There was not enough ramen in the fan
      • Wait, I can't install VB on linux?
      If you think "kitty hair and ramen noodles guy" would be as good at bringing this classic to mind, I'd rather it said that.

      Re: links, it could be made to work with some coding effort. (A "this title contains link" flag or gimmick number affecting just the nodelet and the poll-specific pages.) Failing that, you could just make the entirety of each answer a link to the thread.

        Well, if you're thinking of changing the code, I'd think it would be a better solution to add a way to show some extra text between the title and the options (in the nodelet, the normal poll view, and the vote displaytype).

        Without changing code, you could rewrite the poll title so some of the answers start with "he is" with "he" linking to the post or something. That would bring up gender-neutral pronouns flame in the poll thread so maybe it's better to link "lied" and "told the truth" etc or even say "lied in that thread" and link the "that thread".

Re: poll ideas quest 2007 (bananas)
by ambrus (Abbot) on Nov 15, 2007 at 14:14 UTC

    Even a monkey knows that bananas must be...

    • opened from the linked end
    • opened from the unlinked end
    • opened from the middle
    • eaten as a whole
      • eaten without that horrible stuff in the middle
      • OOK!
      Yes, I am referring to "Carry on Cleo" and the Discworld. And why not?


      John Davies

        Yeah, I thought of eating only the peels, but you have to open the banana for that too.

Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by moritz (Cardinal) on Dec 05, 2007 at 13:53 UTC
      • perltugues
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by apl (Monsignor) on Feb 04, 2008 at 13:41 UTC
    I can't wait to upgrade to
    • Perl 6
    • Perl 5.10.0
    • Perl 5.8
    • anything more recent than 5.004
    • Upgrade? Why would I want to do that?
    Revised. Incorporated moritz suggestion.
      Just for the sake of completeness, for those stuck with 5.6:
      • Perl 5.8
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by talexb (Chancellor) on Dec 30, 2008 at 19:21 UTC

    Following up on this idea, which bad behaviour most deserves an electric shock?

    • Posting code without code tags
    • Using the Search feature
    • Putting 'urgent' into the title of a node
    • Using lolspeak in a post
    • Posting the same question multiple times
    • Complaining about the performance of the site
    • Making suggestions to change the XP system
    • Using Cowboy Neal's name in vain

    Alex / talexb / Toronto

    "Groklaw is the open-source mentality applied to legal research" ~ Linus Torvalds

      • Asking monks in the CB to answer their question posted to SoPW.
      • Logging in with negative XP.

      I'm ready to take all the negative XP's, but IMHO, there is a single worst thing to spoil my day:

      • Playing U2 or Coldplay on public radio

      It makes me so very very angry. It ruins my day. Currently all public stations play top-2000 or something like that, and the overwhelming amount of ether-pollution in it makes me change station all the time.

      Happy new year, and please please enjoy whatever music you like. Just don't force the shit on me

      Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by rudder (Scribe) on Jun 25, 2008 at 02:26 UTC

    Best nickname for "perl programmer":

    • Perler
    • Perlor
    • Perlist
    • Perlineer
    • Perletrician
    • Perlstress (think "sewing")
    • Perlographer
    • Perligrapher
    • Perlsmith
    • Perlfitter
    • Perl diver
    • Sigil slinger
    • Twigil tamer
    • Onion peeler
    • Camel herder
    • other?...

    Update: added perligrapher

    • Perl Monger (I suppose that has to be in)
    • Perl Fisher (just for us cultural types)


      John Davies

      Update 2018-08-09: Changed href to point to Wikipedia because is 404.

        Perl Monger

        Hm. Not sure it belongs with the others... I mean, why not include Perl monk? Or Perl golfer? I think it's best left off the list.

        Perl fisher

        I like obscure references as much or more than the next guy, but that's an obscure reference lover's obscure reference. :)

        Ah. Alas, there can be but one Tim Toady. :)

      perl hacker

Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by thezip (Vicar) on Sep 19, 2007 at 04:15 UTC

    If I were a Superhero, my superhero power would be:

    • X-ray Vision, and I'd use it to see all the things that I usually don't get to see
    • Telepathy (mind-reading), and I'd read other peoples' minds so that I could always manage to do the right thing
    • Flying, and I'd fly across the universe to see all the really cool stuff
    • Animal Empathy, and I'd responsibly lead a vast army of animals to maintain world order

    Now for the hard part... (un)fortunately, your superpower must be inextricably linked to one of your dominant personality traits.

    In my case, my superpower is called "Over-Analysis", as I am doomed to slowness of action, but I eventually do the right thing in a couple of weeks...

    What would your superpower be?

    Where do you want *them* to go today?
      What would your superpower be?
      • Writing programs with no syntax and runtime errors whatsoever, whatever their length

      • super-lazyness
      • super-impatience
      • super-hubris

      Now for the hard part... (un)fortunately, your superpower must be inextricably linked to one of your dominant personality traits.

      You can't give extra conditions like that in a perlmonks poll.

      Update 2008 sep 6: turns out this is wrong, see Re: Shat flames guy (Was: poll ideas quest 2007).

        Wow ambrus, you sounded *just* like Mr. InflexiMan right then!

        Where do you want *them* to go today?

        <borat>but why not?</borat>


      (Passive) Automatic time dilation as danger increases or climaxes.

Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by gregor42 (Parson) on Sep 20, 2007 at 17:49 UTC

    You've just spilled something on your tie at lunch... Do you:

    • Leave the tie on
    • Take the tie off
    • Ignore it since your tie is so ugly so one will notice
    • Ignore it since it makes your tie look better
    • Accessorize the stain by covering it with a band-aid
    • Put on the spare tie in the bottom drawer
    • Go buy a spare tie for the bottom drawer
    • Improvise a new tie out of office supplies
    • Ties? We don't need no steenking ties!
    • I'm personally bringing back the Nehru collar look (since Keanu killed it)
    • Be thankful that it was only a hard copy of your source code

    Wait! This isn't a Parachute, this is a Backpack!
"CP6AN" pronunciaition (was Re: poll ideas quest 2007)
by parv (Parson) on Jul 01, 2008 at 23:40 UTC

    Your choice of pronunciation of "CP6AN" is ...

    • C P Sexan
    • C Psi Xan
    • C Pan 6
    • Six-C Pan
    • other

    Changed "CPAN 6" to "C Pan 6"; added "Six-C Pan".

      6 Pan

Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by shmem (Chancellor) on May 16, 2008 at 16:39 UTC
    The language I detest most is
    • PHP
    • java
    • ABAP
    • python
    • English
    • Bayrisch
    • Foul language
    • Spooky language
    • other (do tell!)
    • all but perl

    update: added Spooky language


    _($_=" "x(1<<5)."?\n".q·/)Oo.  G°\        /
                                  /\_¯/(q    /
    ----------------------------  \__(m.====·.(_("always off the crowd"))."·
    ");sub _{s./.($e="'Itrs `mnsgdq Gdbj O`qkdq")=~y/"-y/#-z/;$e.e && print}

      Ahh, new openings for hate software. In that light, why not extend it to

      The tool I most detest/hate is:

      • a nail
      • a hammer
      • libtool
      • emacs
      • vi/vim
      • eclipse
      • make (and it's Makefile's)
      • (my/any) mail client
      • sendmail (and it's configuration)
      • uucp
      • my backup program
      • my backup-restore program
      • my sysadmin
      • my VCS
      • my keyboard
      • the coffee machine
      • ...

      As this list cannot be long enough ...

      Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn

      Ooh, one more:

      • custom, in-house, NIH-script

        That's a literature, not a language.


        _($_=" "x(1<<5)."?\n".q·/)Oo.  G°\        /
                                      /\_¯/(q    /
        ----------------------------  \__(m.====·.(_("always off the crowd"))."·
        ");sub _{s./.($e="'Itrs `mnsgdq Gdbj O`qkdq")=~y/"-y/#-z/;$e.e && print}
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by sathiya.sw (Monk) on Nov 24, 2008 at 14:51 UTC
    How do i know perlmonks,
    • from perl guru
    • from my friend
    • by googling
    • by my employer
    • taught to me, as part of my learning
    • others
      • by chance
      • my teacher (ok, this is the "taught to me" choice)
      • my student(s)
      • my parent(s)
      • my kid(s)
      • I was just browsing
      • Someone used it in a presentation
      • I saw others use it during a conference

      Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn
      There was an article in Software Engineering Notes on websites devoted to a single language...
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by blazar (Canon) on Aug 28, 2007 at 20:23 UTC

    When I'm arguing with a fool...

    • chances are he's doing the same;
    • certainly he's doing the same;
    • I'm in clpmisc, being told I am an elitist bastard for pointing out that "it doesn't work" is not an appropriate description of the problem;
    • he's claiming Perl to be "constantly loosing ground on php";
      Does this poll have tye nature?
      When I'm arguing with a fool:

      I've probably got better things I could be doing...
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by ian (Beadle) on Dec 06, 2007 at 08:06 UTC

    What's your favorite module or method for processing script arguments?

    -- Ian Tegebo
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by hangon (Deacon) on May 02, 2008 at 10:52 UTC

    How do you prefer to develop software projects?

    • Get specs from management/marketing and follow them to the letter.
    • Get specs from management/marketing then just do what you want anyway.
    • Assemble a large committee of managers/marketers.
    • Assemble a large committee of end users.
    • Assemble a large committee of programmers.
    • Fork someone elses project.
    • Close your eyes and pull specs out of thin air.
    • Just start coding and see where it takes you.
    • Projects? I don't do no stinking projects.
      Write a quick & dirty tool for myself & let manglement take the blame when everyone wants a copy


      John Davies
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by rbi (Monk) on Sep 05, 2007 at 20:21 UTC
    In my most recent hard times I was with...

  • El Explicito
  • Mad Bomber
  • Frying Pan/Fire Tactician
  • Shaman
  • X-user
  • Miracle Worker
  • Taskmaster
  • Maestro
  • Princess (unfair, perhaps, as these tend, overwhelmingly, to be males)
  • Maestro
  • ... myself ?

    Here they are:

    From rec.humor.funny Mon Mar 16 10:38:56 1992
    From: (Sam Jones)
    Newsgroups: rec.humor.funny
    Subject: Nine Types of Users
    Keywords: original, original, funny, computer
    Date: 14 Mar 92 00:30:05 GMT

    This is my own, though the style is a blatant copy of Matt Groening.
    Scon is short for Student Consultant. Scons are people hired to help users learn and work with the university's machinery.
    A pod is a UNM term for a place where such machinery is made available.

    The nine types of users

    El Explicito - "I tried the thing, ya know, and it worked, ya know, but now it doesn't, ya know?"

    Advantages: Provides interesting communication challanges.

    Disadvantages: So do chimps.

    Symptoms: Complete inability to use proper nouns

    Real Case: One user walked up to a certain Armenian pod manager and said, "I can't get what I want!" The pod manager leaned back, put his hands on his belt-buckle, and said, "Well, ma'am, you've come to the right place."

    Mad Bomber - "Well, I hit ALT-f6, shift-f8, CNTRL-f10, f4, and f9, and now it looks all weird."

    Advantages: Will try to find own solution to problems.

    Disadvantages: User might have translated document to Navajo without meaning to.

    Symptoms: More than six stopped jobs in UNIX, a 2:1 code-to-letter ratio in WordPerfect

    Real Case: One user came in complaining that his WordPerfect document was underlined. When I used reveal codes on it, I found that he'd set and unset underline more than fifty times in his document.

    Frying Pan/Fire Tactician - "It didn't work with the data set we had, so I fed in my aunt's recipe for key lime pie."

    Advantages: Will usually fix error.

    Disadvantages: 'Fix' is defined VERY loosely here.

    Symptoms: A tendancy to delete lines that get errors instead of fixing them.

    Real Case: One user complained that their program executed, but didn't do anything. The scon looked at it for twenty minutes before realizing that they'd commented out EVERY LINE. The user said, "Well, that was the only way I could get it to compile."

    Shaman - "Last week, when the moon was full, the clouds were thick, and formahaut was above the horizon, I typed f77, and lo, it did compile."

    Advantages: Gives insight into primative mythology.

    Disadvantages: Few scons are anthropology majors.

    Symptoms: Frequent questions about irrelavent objects.

    Real Case: One user complained that all information on one of their disks got erased (as Norton Utilities showed nothing but empty sectors, I suspect nothing had ever been on it). Reasoning that the deleted information went *somewhere*, they wouldn't shut up until the scon checked four different disks for the missing information.

    X-user - "Will you look at those. . .um, that resolution, quite impressive, really."

    Advantages: Using the cutting-edge in graphics technology. Disadvantages: Has little or no idea how to use the cutting-edge in graphics technology.

    Symptoms: Fuzzy hands, blindness

    Real Case: When I was off duty, two users sat down in front of me at DEC station 5000/200s that systems was reconfiguring. I suppressed my laughter while, for twenty minutes, they sat down and did their best to act like they were doing exectly what they wanted to do, even though they couldn't log in.

    Miracle Worker - "But it read a file from it yesterday!" 'Sir, at a guess, this disk has been swollowed and regurgitated.' "But I did that a month ago, and it read a file from it yesterday!"

    Advantages: Apparently has remarkable luck when you aren't around.

    Disadvantages: People complain when scons actually use the word 'horse-puckey'.

    Symptoms: Loses all ability to do impossible when you're around. Must be the kryptonite in your pocket.

    Real Case: At least three users have claimed that they've loaded IBM WordPerfect from Macintosh disks.

    Taskmaster - "Well, this is a file in MacWrite. Do you know how I can upload it to MUSIC, transfer it over to UNIX from there, download it onto an IBM, convert it to WordPerfect, and put it in three-column format?"

    Advantages: Bold new challanges.

    Disadvantages: Makes one wish to be a garbage collector.

    Symptoms: An inability to keep quiet. Strong tendancies to make machines do things they don't want to do.

    Real Case: One user tried to get a scon to find out what another person's E-mail address was even though the user didn't know his target's home system, account name, or real name.

    Maestro - "Well, first I sat down, like this. Then I logged on, like this, and after that, I typed in my password, like this, and after that I edited my file, like this, and after that I went to this line here, like this, and after that I picked my nose, like this. . ."

    Advantages: Willing to show you exactly what they did to get an error.

    Disadvantages: For as long as five or six hours.
    Symptoms: Selective deafness to the phrases, "Right, right, okay, but what was the ERROR?", and a strong fondness for the phrase, "Well, I'm getting to that."

    Real Case: I once had to spend half an hour looking over a user's shoulder while they continuously retrieved a document into itself and denied that they did it (the user was complaining that their document was 87 copies of the same thing).

    Princess (unfair, perhaps, as these tend, overwhelmingly, to be males) "I need a Mac, and someone's got the one I like reserved, would you please garrote him and put him in the paper recycling bin?"

    Advantages: Flatters you with their high standards for your service.

    Disadvantages: Impresses you with their obliviousness to other people on this planet.

    Symptoms: Inability to communicate except by complaining.

    Real Case: One asked a scon to remove the message of the day because he (the user) didn't like it.

      The proposed title confused me.
Re: poll ideas quest 2007 (mime)
by ambrus (Abbot) on Feb 14, 2008 at 10:48 UTC

    I propose a mime poll, with an empty title, and five options with empty labels for each.

Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by fernandes (Monk) on Sep 11, 2008 at 22:10 UTC
    I think this is really a very good idea for the pool ideas. :)
    Are you
  • Male
  • Female
  • Machine
  • Gay, what's the problem?
  • Lesbian, baby
  • Child, don't know yet
  • Depends on the time
  • I'm in Rio de Janeiro at Carnaval
  • If I like trees, what am I?
    etc. etc. etc.
    New options or corrections are welcome. This sugestion was inspired by Your mother
      o depends on who is asking

      (actually I saw this somewhere on PM or other perl-related resource)

        Very good and wff proposition. It will be incorporated.
      Then there's the famous New Yorker cartoon showing two household pets with the one seated at a PC saying to the other "On the Internet, no one knows you're a dog!'.
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by rgiskard (Hermit) on Jan 10, 2008 at 13:26 UTC
    Time plods along, generations of perlmonks enter the monastary from:
    • Lore
    • Babyboomer Generation
    • Generation X
    • Generation Y
    • Generation .com
    • Gen as old as the monastary itself
    • Gen as old as the internet
    • noob
    • undef
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by goibhniu (Hermit) on Aug 20, 2007 at 02:08 UTC

    ok, this is just silliness, but what else do you need for a poll?

    <<bing-bong>> "Who's at the door?"

    • Pizza - "We didn't order any"
    • Florist - "Flowers for whom?"
    • Plumber - "I don't need a plumber. You're that clever shark, aren't you?"
    • Candygram - "What's a candygram? I've never heard of it. I'm not opening the door."
    • Landshark - "What??"
    • Candygram - "You said that - go away"
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by atemon (Chaplain) on Nov 24, 2008 at 08:26 UTC
    The Indian Navy sunk a mother ship of Somalian pirates by
    • Using Perl
    • Using Parrot
    • Using Pugs
    • Commando operation
    • Accident
    • Luck
    • It happened that way
    • All of the above
    • None of the above
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by rudder (Scribe) on May 18, 2008 at 21:55 UTC

    My preferred GNU/Linux distribution is

    • Debian
    • Fedora
    • Gentoo
    • Mandriva
    • openSUSE
    • Slackware
    • Ubuntu
    • other...
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by mikeraz (Friar) on Apr 22, 2008 at 20:39 UTC
    When I see there is no poll I:
    • reload, must be a page load error, reload
    • sigh with relief, one less decision today
    • contribute a new poll
    • realize I'm behind on poll moderation duties
    • go to /. they always have a poll
    • poll? what poll?
    Be Appropriate && Follow Your Curiosity
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by stiller (Friar) on Apr 26, 2008 at 08:47 UTC
    Not completely out of the air, a context sensitive poll idea:

    Do you think context matters?

    • no
    • yes
    • why do you ask?
    • what's context?


Re: poll ideas quest 2007 (Beer or wine?)
by ambrus (Abbot) on May 08, 2008 at 08:46 UTC

    Beer or wine?

    • Wine
    • Beer
    • Beer, then wine
    • Wine, then beer
    • Stronger only
    • None
Re: poll ideas quest 2007 (The naughties)
by ambrus (Abbot) on Jun 26, 2008 at 23:24 UTC
Re: poll ideas quest 2007 (Hard disk or flash?)
by ambrus (Abbot) on May 08, 2008 at 08:59 UTC

    Future of data storage in notebooks is ...

    • Hard disk
    • Flash
    • Solid state
    • Optical
    • Wireless acces to storage server
    • Yet to be invented
    • Other
Re: poll ideas quest 2007 (Desktop or notebook?)
by ambrus (Abbot) on May 08, 2008 at 09:06 UTC

    Future or personal computing is...

    • Desktop
    • Notebook
    • Subnotebook
    • PDA
    • Smartphone
    • Wearable
    • Yet to be invented
    • Other
Re: poll ideas quest 2007 (Fav sigil?)
by ambrus (Abbot) on May 08, 2008 at 09:26 UTC

    Favourite perl 5 sigil?

    • $
    • @
    • %
    • &
    • *

    Update 2014-06: fixed typo.

Re: poll ideas quest 2007 (Last non-escape)
by ambrus (Abbot) on May 08, 2008 at 10:08 UTC

    Which backslash escape will be the last to get meaning in perl?

    • \F (Update 2015-06-08: \F is now used starting from perl 5.16.0)
    • \I
    • \J
    • \M
    • \O
    • \P (Update 08 aug 29: \P is used up, dunno how I messed this up.)
    • \T
    • \Y
    • \i
    • \j
    • \m
    • \o (Update 2010-11-24: remove: \o is now used starting from perl 5.13.3)
    • \q
    • \y
    • some punctuation
    • some control char
    • some non-ascii
    • another double meaning
    • (Update:) third meaning for \1 or \b or \N (Update 2010-11-24: added \N for it too now has two meanings)

    Don't worry, vim regexen are much worse.

Re: poll ideas quest 2007 (Best video game character)
by ambrus (Abbot) on Jul 10, 2008 at 09:08 UTC

    A series of four poll ideas about classic PC games. I recommend running any of the last two only soon after running one of the first two.

    Which video game hero would win in a fight?

    • Super Mario
    • the Prince of Persia
    • Commander Keen
    • the Lost Vikings (fighting together)
    • Jazz Jackrabbit
    • Chell

    Which video game boss would win in a fight?

    • Tatanga
    • Grand Vizier Jaffar
    • The Grand Intellect aka Mortimer McMire
    • Tomator
    • Devan Shell
    • Glados

    Which video game allied NPC would you most like as a friend

    • the owls from Tree Zone
    • the white mouse of the Princess
    • Messie
    • an Aftiek
    • the bird
    • the Companion Cube

    Which video game weapon would you like?

    • Fire Flower
    • the blue Flame
    • Vorticon Rail-Gun
    • flaming arrows
    • RF missile
    • the Portal Gun

    Please also post suggestions about better choices to the companions idea, the exact name (including spelling and capitalization) of listed entries, and other video games that could be included. Please don't suggest Wolfenstein 3D as a game, for that'd generate flames about whether Godwin's Law applies to the other flames or not.

    Update: s/Companion Cube/Portal Gun/. Thanks to Lawliet for noticing.

    Update 2012-03-09: changed a long description to "an Aftiek". How could I not know the name of that jolly guy?

      Which video game allied NPC would you most like as a friend
    • Error

      Shouldn't the last option of the video game weapon poll (currently the companion cube) be the portal gun?

      <(^.^-<) <(-^.^<) <(-^.^-)> (>^.^-)> (>-^.^)>

      What about DOOM's BFG? Or Megaman X's hidden hadouken?

Re: poll ideas quest 2007 (Craziest escape)
by ambrus (Abbot) on May 08, 2008 at 10:08 UTC

    Craziest backslash escape?

    • \1 (backreference)
    • \101 (octal)
    • \A
    • \B
    • \C
    • \D
    • \E
    • \F (Update 2015-06-08: added, new in 5.16.0)
    • \G
    • \H
    • \K
    • \L
    • \N{latin:a}
    • \N{U+2013} (Update 2010-11-24: added, newly documented in perl 5.12.0)
    • \N (non-newline) (Update 2010-03-29: added, new in perl 5.12.0)
    • \PL (Update 2008-08-29: added, dunno how I missed this)
    • \P{IsLower} (Update 2008-08-29: added, dunno how I missed this)
    • \Q
    • \R
    • \S
    • \U
    • \V
    • \W
    • \X
    • \Z
    • \a
    • \b (backslash)
    • \b (boundary)
    • \cT
    • \d
    • \e
    • \f
    • \g1
    • \g{-1}
    • \g{named}
    • \h
    • \k<named> or \k{named} or \k'named'
    • \l
    • \n
    • \o{20023} (Update 2010-11-24: added, new in perl 5.13.3)
    • \pL
    • \p{IsLower}
    • \r
    • \s
    • \t
    • \u
    • \v
    • \w
    • \x41
    • \x{2019}
    • \z

    We could also do favourite regex modifier, but that'd be too similar to I resolve to finally grok and use the regex option... except that we'd now also have /p. See also The most annoying common way to get a string literal in Perl is....

      Craziest backslash escape

      Don't know. Haven't read enough murder/thriller books.

Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by Bloodnok (Vicar) on Jul 21, 2008 at 16:22 UTC
    Would you rather bee or a wasp (courtesy Gary Moore:-)

    At last, a user level that overstates my experience :-))
Re: poll ideas quest 2007 (Multi-choice tests answer)
by ambrus (Abbot) on May 08, 2008 at 10:18 UTC

    In multi-choice tests, if I can't answer, I guess ...

    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E
    • randomly

    Update: yeah, the ones in this poll storm aren't really strong. Slim down Re: poll ideas quest (housework) instead if you don't like these.

Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by mattk (Pilgrim) on Feb 02, 2008 at 03:47 UTC
    When building web apps, I:
    • bang two rocks together
    • use a little CGI, lots of raw HTML
    • use CGI and templates
    • use a framework (Catalyst, CGI::Application, etc)
    • am entangled at a quantum level with Perl, Apache, HTML, CSS and JS
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by stonecolddevin (Parson) on May 19, 2008 at 08:27 UTC

    The best song evar is:

    1. Asia - Heat of the Moment
    2. Journey - Separate Ways
    3. Styx - Come Sail Away
    4. Bob Seger - Love to Watch Her Strut
    5. Prince - Little Red Corvette
    6. Kenny Loggins - Highway to the Danger Zone
    7. Iron Maiden - Run to the Hills
    8. I only listen to John Denver!
      -1. Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven
      0. Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms

      (OK, I'm not that old, but I still like them very much)

        Ah!!! I forgot a few! How could I forget about Mark Knopfler?

        9. Toto - Hold the Line (and Africa)


        if you are using Dire Straits you gotta use either Roller Girl or Sultans of Swing
        Queen - Bavarian Rhapsody
        Robert Palmer - Addicted to Love
        Blondie - Call Me
        Boston - any song they had, they all sound the same


      Nice list, though for most groups I'd choose a different song, but that is all about taste.

      In your list however, I miss two songs that match that mood:

      • Kansas - Dust in the Wind
      • Hazel O'Connor - Will You

      For me personal, it would be

      • Pink Floyd - Shine On You Crazy Diamond

      Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn

        I can't believe I forgot Kansas and Pink Floyd. Of all the good Pink Floyd songs that's exactly the one I'd choose.

        Also, Carry on My Wayward Son, various Boston songs that I can't remember the names of, Jim Croce - Don't Mess With Jim/ Leroy Brown

      _Eat It_ by Weird Al Yankovich.
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by rudder (Scribe) on Jun 04, 2008 at 07:29 UTC

    Of the following Wizardly beings, which is most likely to be a regular Perl user:

    • Astoroth
    • Baba Yaga
    • Count Chocula
    • Gandalf
    • Gargamel
    • Merlin
    • Mr. Spock
    • Professor X
    • Raistlin Majere
    • Randall Flagg
    • Shazam
    • Wizard of Oz
    • Other? ...
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by Gavin (Archbishop) on May 06, 2008 at 11:55 UTC

    I've been looking at some of the early Polls from 2000-2003 may of the Monks who commented/voted on these polls are no longer around.

    Would it not now be worth re-running some of these Polls for the benefit of those here now?

    I'm sure that those who voted/commented in the past and are still here would not mind a re-run.

      You can still vote to old polls and view their results, so I think it's only worth to re-run old polls if the question is such that many monks would change their answers now.

        > You can still vote to old polls ...


        Cheers Rolf

Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by kyle (Abbot) on Dec 20, 2007 at 17:20 UTC

    Who is most foolish?

    • Fool
    • Fool who follows fool
    • Troll
    • Monk who replies to troll

    (With apologies to Star Wars)

      • Monk who thinks about who is most foolish

      I ++'d it, because I am looking forward to the amusement value of the replies to this poll. The poll itself wouldn't be half as interresting as the discussions :)

      Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn
Re: poll ideas quest 2007 (Mouse or other pointing device)
by ambrus (Abbot) on Aug 29, 2008 at 11:27 UTC

    What pointing device do you use?

    • Mechanical mouse
    • Optical mouse
    • Trackball
    • Touchpad
    • Touchpad with multi-finger detection
    • Pointing stick
    • Stylus
    • Touchscreen without stylus
    • Graphics tablet
    • Wii-like remote
    • Light pen
    • Joystick
    • Game controller
    • Eye movement tracker
    • Electrodes in brain
    • Windows or X API (I'm software)
    • Freak cosmic rays
    • Moving mouse pointer with keyboard
    • Navigating GUIs with keyboard only
    • I don't use GUIs
    • Other

    This got a bit too long, sorry.

    Update: added an "Other" option, with all the geeks out there there's bound to be something I just didn't think of.

    Update: this is already too long so we'd better not add any jokes unrelated to computers like laser pointer, just my index finger, conducting baton, walking stick or umbrella, magic wand or staff, two hands, etc.

Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by Onur (Beadle) on Dec 24, 2007 at 16:18 UTC
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by fernandes (Monk) on Jun 29, 2008 at 22:56 UTC
    How frequently do you

    use Parse::RecDescent

    and how does it has afected your miserable poor life?

    • I'm Damian Conway, nor miserable nor poor module's author.
    • Every day it makes me a Nietzschean super human.
    • Each time I send to ACL a new HLT paper. It makes me the miserable author of may own papers.
    • I've never used such module, what does it do? Where, when and who am I?
    • I've never used such module, I'm not sure about what a module is.
    • May I answer after finishing to write my never before seen Pustejovskynian generative grammar?
      • Can I have Perl 6 Rules instead?
      • I only use InDecent modules
        Great but,
        • I only use InDecent when maintaining my Sex codes.
        Doing so, we still have one instructive link each option.
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by Tux (Canon) on Sep 21, 2007 at 08:09 UTC

    I do own no ties other than the tie's in my perl programs, so my answer would be "Ties? We don't need no steenking ties!"

    Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by gam3 (Curate) on Jan 16, 2008 at 21:12 UTC
    What year is it:
    • 108
    • 1999
    • 2007
    • 2008
    • Cowboy Neal
    -- gam3
    A picture is worth a thousand words, but takes 200K.
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by Illuminatus (Curate) on Aug 03, 2008 at 23:03 UTC
    Who do you plan to vote for as President in the General Election?
    Barack Obama
    John McCain
    Larry Wall
    Jerry Garcia
    Contributed by Illuminatus

      Don't all U.S. Polls have a

      • None of the above

      option? Something I deerly miss in the Netherlands.

      Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn

      I think this is a topic that would generate too much political flame so it should not be done as a perlmonks poll.

      How about George Washington? He could probably do a better job from the grave than most of the bozo politicians we've seen lately. I regularly write him in when our local mayor runs unopposed yet again.

Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by chexmix (Hermit) on Aug 07, 2008 at 15:31 UTC
    Worst (e.g. least convincing, threatening or scary) movie monster ever:
    • Ro-Man
    • Reptilicus
    • The Catfish-man from Blood Waters of Doctor Z
    • The Green Slime
    • The Turkey-Headed Vampire from Blood Freak
    • Tabanga (From Hell It Came)
    • Tor Johnson in anything
    • Phantom of Krankor
    • Cowboy Neal
    (there are others - maybe this is too obscure?)
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by gwhite (Friar) on Aug 08, 2008 at 13:48 UTC

    Band/performers most likely to still be touring in 2015

    • Rolling Stones
    • Eagles
    • Neil Diamond
    • Cher
    • Kiss
    • Pink Floyd
    • Queen
    • Aerosmith
    • ZZ Topp
    • The Who
    • Bob Dylan
    Probably missing a few...
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by stonecolddevin (Parson) on May 05, 2008 at 19:37 UTC

        ambrus forgive me, the list is completely incomplete. I second the motion for these monks to be included.

        /me gets to copying/pasting

Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by apl (Monsignor) on Jun 24, 2008 at 16:12 UTC
    In the spirit of his recent passing, I propose two George Carlin polls:
    1. Favorite George Carlin routine / subject:
      • Hippy Dippy Weatherman
      • Football vs. Baseball
      • Leftovers
      • Language (e.g. "Evel Kenevil can rise *on* the plane; I'm riding *in* the plane!")
      • Politics
      • Religion (e.g. the Two Commandments)
      • other

    2. The Seven Words You Can't say on TV:
      • Funny
      • Not funny
      • Provocative
      • Thought provoking
      • Obscene
      • other
Re: poll ideas quest 2007 (Book or movie?)
by ambrus (Abbot) on May 08, 2008 at 08:50 UTC

    Book or movie?

    • Movie
    • Book
    • Either
    • Both
    • Neither
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by apl (Monsignor) on Aug 31, 2008 at 23:18 UTC
    My favorite real (i.e. non computer electronics-based) form of entertainment is:
    • Pinball
    • Pool / snooker / billiards
    • Air hockey
    • Poker / other card games
    • (Crossword/Logical/Sudoku) Puzzles
    • Potentially family-involved games (Mah-Jonghh, Memory, Bridge, Canasta, ...)
    • Potentially family-producing games (sex)
    • You can be entertained without using electronics?
    • Other.
    Revised: Thanks Tux.

      Does interaction with other people count as "without a computer"? And game computers? For me s/Pool/Snooker/ would make the choice harder

      • (Team)sport
      • Sex
      • Watching TV
      • Wii / Wii-Fit
      • (Crossword/Logical/Sudoku) Puzzles
      • Family games (Mah-Jonghh, Memory, Bridge, Canasta, ...)

      Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by blazar (Canon) on Oct 18, 2008 at 12:45 UTC

    As per no one less than TimToady's ((half-?)joking?) request:

    Perl 6's [\ ] metaoperator should:

    • always return the 0th element and undef for operations that don't have a neutral element;
    • decide upon definedness;
    • not return the 0th element, ever.
    If you can't understand the incipit, then please check the IPB Campaign.
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by herveus (Prior) on May 19, 2008 at 12:05 UTC

    Should every poll have a "Cowboy Neal" option?

    • Yes
    • No
    • Cowboy Neal
    • paco

      Your poll would be much funnier if it had just the "Cowboy Neal" option ;-)

        I'm not married to the full set of options... :)

Re: poll ideas quest 2007 (Pirates vs Ninjas)
by ambrus (Abbot) on Jun 30, 2008 at 14:51 UTC

    I'm surprised this hasn't been recommended yet.

    Who would win a fight?

    • Pirates
    • Ninjas

      The whole Pirates Vs. Ninja is yet another example of a bad joke that got out of the way, which nobody gets, and nobody likes, but everyone is scared to admit it in fear they'll be consider "out of the loop" or "un-geek".
      It's like high-school, bet inverted!

      Stop saying 'script'. Stop saying 'line-noise'.
      We have nothing to lose but our metaphors.

Re: poll ideas quest 2007 (triangle center)
by ambrus (Abbot) on Nov 04, 2008 at 21:52 UTC

    The "real" center of a triangle is its …

    • incenter
    • centroid
    • circumcenter
    • orthocenter
    • other (please specify)
Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by belg4mit (Prior) on Jul 31, 2008 at 20:04 UTC
    My favorite summer fruit is:
    • Candy and a Currant Bun
    • Cherry Poppin' Daddy Strut
    • Don't Touch Me Tomato
    • Millions of Peaches
    • Raspberry Beret
    • Strawberry Fields Forever
    • The Plum Blossom
    • Watermelon in Easter Hay
    • It's winter you insensitive clod!

    In Bob We Trust, All Others Bring Data.

Re: poll ideas quest 2007 (do not vote)
by ambrus (Abbot) on Apr 22, 2008 at 20:34 UTC

    Do not vote on this poll!

    • CowboyNeal

    (Idea shamelessly stolen from sam512's polls.)

Re: poll ideas quest 2007
by sathiya.sw (Monk) on Nov 27, 2008 at 08:04 UTC
    I would feel settled when i become
    • monk
    • Priest
    • Bishop
    • Saint
    • Pope
    Re: poll ideas quest 2007
    by gwhite (Friar) on Aug 07, 2008 at 20:00 UTC

      Best text adventure game:
      Adventure / Colossal Cave
      Mystery Mansion
      Zork II
      Zork III
      The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
      Leather Goddesses of Phobos

        No Nethack nor Moria nor Crawl nor Angband? :D
    Re: poll ideas quest 2007 (rainbow)
    by ambrus (Abbot) on Dec 28, 2008 at 18:22 UTC
    Re: poll ideas quest 2007
    by vrk (Chaplain) on Aug 26, 2008 at 11:09 UTC

      Have you ever named pets or children after programming concepts or constructs? For example, P, NP, loop, object, ...

      • Yes
      • Yes, but I wish I hadn't
      • No
      • No, but I will

      (Inspired by the three gerbils owned by a friend of my fiancee's, whose names are P, NP, and something I currently forget.)

      print "Just Another Perl Adept\n";

    Re: poll ideas quest 2007
    by psini (Deacon) on Jun 23, 2008 at 18:55 UTC

      Which is your favorite pet animal?

      • Cat
      • Dog
      • Camel
      • Canary
      • Parrot
      • Goldfish
      • BlowFish
      • Husband/wife
      • Other

      Update: Sorry, duplicate. I didn't search well enough before. I did a super search on the actual polls, but forgot to search in this thread... Sorry

      Rule One: "Do not act incautiously when confronting a little bald wrinkly smiling man."

    Re: poll ideas quest 2007 (Mopping water)
    by ambrus (Abbot) on Aug 19, 2008 at 22:20 UTC

      In order to mop the kitchen floor, the Right Way to prepare the bucket of cleaning agent is…

      • fill with water, then pour some soap
      • pour some soap, then fill with water
      • fill water only
      • mopping is unnecessary
      • only my spouse needs to know this
      • I pay someone to mop

      Update: This post was preceded by an hour long IRC discussion about what English terms to use for where I use “soap” and “cleaning agent” above. There weren't too many good suggestions for “cleaning agent” (there's “solution”), and I'm not really satisfied with that phrase. However, there were more possibilities instead of “soap”: qw“detergent bleach ammonia surfactant”, “pine cleaner”. I tried to defend the statement that the dictionary definition for “soap” is clear enough in that it includes only produces whose main element is an organic substance made from fat and alkali, whereas you usually mop with a product whose main ingredient is hydrogen chloride. We decided this was false, “soap” includes both kind of substances in informal speech. Indeed, most people don't even know the difference, which is why there are home accidents from mixing bleach made of hydrogen chloride with basic chemicals, when a chemical reaction causes poisonous chlorine gas to be released (don't try this at home).

        soap makes bubbles

          The bleach I use for mopping makes bubbles too. (By the way, according to the dictionary, “surfactant” means that it makes bubbles.)

    Re: poll ideas quest 2007
    by Anonymous Monk on Mar 17, 2008 at 22:42 UTC