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history of perlmonks website

by targetsmart (Curate)
on Mar 27, 2009 at 10:45 UTC ( #753626=monkdiscuss: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

I am just curious to know the history of perlmonks, like

who started it?(being here for 3+ years I could sense that as vroom, but any further info could be useful),
when it is started?,
how many users were there in the begining?
how soon it become popular?(it is certainly popular now, for all perl users this is a heavenly gift, probably one of the wonders of the world :) )
any other interesting facts about perlmonks and its history. ( I searched this site about perlmonks history which lead to no relevant nodes, that's why I am asking this question).

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Re: history of perlmonks website
by zentara (Archbishop) on Mar 27, 2009 at 11:49 UTC
Re: history of perlmonks website
by ambrus (Abbot) on Mar 28, 2009 at 15:29 UTC

    As for when it started, try asking Super Search for the oldest nodes.

    And yes, like others say, paco has sparked this site: he's asked a perl question on an empty internet site and never came back but the question was so good the site founders has built a whole perl support site around it. This is evidenced by that vroom and nate have a higher homenode id (and later joining date) than paco.

Re: history of perlmonks website
by shmem (Chancellor) on Mar 28, 2009 at 00:08 UTC

    The history of PerlMonks is a sequence of Nodes. The oldest users seem to be vroom and chromatic. vroom's node ID is 979; reading from there to here is the history so far. Of course there is more to be discovered via some sort of social engineering... ;-)

      Perhaps there is an opportunity here for some enterprising Monk to volunteer and make contact with the early node creators, Gods and those that have been here from the very beginning and document the PerlMonkGospels before it is too late and they are lost.

Re: history of perlmonks website
by wfsp (Abbot) on Mar 27, 2009 at 14:01 UTC
    The history of the perlmonks website in one word: paco!
      Paco Packer packed a peck of pickled pacos,
      A peck of pickled pacos Paco Packer packed.
      If Paco Packer packed a peck of pickled pacos,
      How many pickled pacos did Paco Packer pick?


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