I was wandering around on and the notion occurred to me that maybe it was time to publish the PM FAQ. I was even thinking of using lulu to do so. Say $_low_price for a .pdf and $_higher_price for a bound version. I've purchased their products--gotten very rare and very expensive weaving books for very little money. I realize that the FAQ is a 'living' document but what is wrong with repeat sales? And for that matter what edition has The Camel Book reached anyway?.


"As Gödel once said, 'It's turtles all the way down boys.'"

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Re: Publish the FAQ?
by dwu (Monk) on Jan 10, 2008 at 04:07 UTC

    Why an offline reference to something largely useful only if you're online? I see how you can code Perl without a connection (assuming you have modules installed already, etc. etc.), but apart from... I honestly don't know who, PerlMonks is not largely useful without a connection, and I'm really only interested in knowing about how XP works (does anyone even know that anymore? ;)) if I'm on PerlMonks, in which case... I have the FAQ right there :)

    Someone will come up with some way of offlining PM and make me look completely stupid :)

      > how XP works (does anyone even know that anymore? ;))

      Now there's no need for that kind of talk, the new system's perfectly straightforward and easy to understand. It's simply:

      dXP/dt = (sin(moon_phase) / (upvotes/sec - downvotes/hectare)) ± y_in_ +month_flag
      Given FireFox and IE7 with multiple tabs you are 'now' correct about the online experience (you were not-- not that long ago). But as PM grows so does its complexity and so will the size of the FAQ. The task of finding things in an even a well organized linked online document still has yet to beat a dog eared book. A solution that goes on working even after you turn off or move away from your computer. All that said, the argument that trumps all others is that I desperately need something to catch the cracker crumbs when I try and figure out how to use the chatterbox in bed :)


      "Never try to teach a pig to wastes your time and it annoys the pig."

        I agree with hsm. Especially the "...even a well organized linked online document still has yet to beat a dog eared book."

        But I would also agree with the others that I just don't think there is enough "general interest" in the community-at-large to justify a formal publication.

        A downloadable pdf, on the otherhand, would be real nice.

        ack Albuquerque, NM
Re: Publish the FAQ?
by castaway (Parson) on Jan 10, 2008 at 09:45 UTC
    I can't really see the point either. It's just about PM..

    OTOH if you'd like to turn it into a PDF, and give us a link to it, I'm not complaining. Well volunteered!

    As for selling, I can't see a market.. Do a survey first.


Re: Publish the FAQ?
by kirillm (Friar) on Jan 12, 2008 at 14:00 UTC