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Re: The early history of Perlmonks

by Gavin (Bishop)
on Mar 30, 2009 at 18:05 UTC ( #754206=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to The early history of Perlmonks

"I could easily go on. For instance I've said nothing about some of the great content that people came here for."

Thanks very much for what you have already documented tilly but I think that I am not alone in wishing you to continue with your memories of the early days.

Unless it is documented by those that know how will it be passed on to those that don't?

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Re^2: The early history of Perlmonks
by tilly (Archbishop) on Mar 30, 2009 at 18:47 UTC
    About half of what I wrote about actually happened before I arrived. That isn't memories, that is going back and looking at old nodes and guessing what happened. If you want memories you'd have to ask the people who were there like vroom, BBQ and chromatic. As for what happened later, I have only been an off and on participant in the Monastery, so I don't actually know what the major events were. The best person to speak to that is someone who has been around and involved. Someone like tye or jdporter.

    When it comes to content, there is a lot of personal opinion there. I think every person develops their own archive of great posts that they remember for individual reasons. Speaking for myself, I've forgotten more great posts than I remember. If I came up with a personal list, I'd be embarrassed at what I've left out. But personally I'd love to see a feature to be able to go back historically by day, week, month or year to see what the top nodes for that time period. IMHO this would be a very interesting addition to Best Nodes.

    Also it might go a long way towards combating the feeling people have that they've missed the best parts. When you come and see nearly a decade of accumulated content, it is easy to be amazed at how much is there. When you remember all of the high points, it is easy to be amazed at how many there are. But when you look at that history month by month or week by week, you realize that we are still laying down lots of good content. The process hasn't stopped, and I suspect hasn't really slowed that much. But it is hard to get historical perspective on it.

      Again many thanks tilly, I think that its both interesting and important that the history behind and early beginings of PerlMonks is documented.

      Perhaps the initial instigators and early users you mention vroom, BBQ, chromatic, tye, jdporter and any others with anecdotes will add their reminisces and stories to this node so that it becomes the de facto history of PM.

      Well, since I've been a user a week longer than you, I feel I can fill the gaps.

      No, seriously, I also joined at the end of 2000 and then was absent from the site for some years. I didn't notice that a clique had formed and dissolved, so I can at least confirm that the culture is consistent between then and now.


      - Boldra

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