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What follows is an attempt at defining categories into which the various personalities of PerlMonks can be placed. This is not a serious work, and no offense is intended.

Any resemblance to monks active or inactive is purely coincidental. If you see yourself reflected here it is because of your own schema. Seek help if you need it.

Type A - With a temper matched only by their talent and lack of patience, the type A monk inspires almost universal awe. If all monks had type A personalities, the average PM IQ would be somewhere around 160, but the average EQ would be down around 70. The Perl Monk population would also be much smaller. The type A monk is a firm believer in the DIY school of problem solving, and cannot understand why these idiots keep asking the same damn thing over and over, like stupid, annoying, yapping dogs.

  • Likes: Theoretical novelties
  • Dislikes: Inferior thinking
  • Fears: Being overrun by yapping idiots

Type B - With a naturally introspective, almost poignant style, a type B monk posts only infrequently, but when a type B monk does finally finish a node to their own high standard, it is usually great, very well received, and often makes node of the week if not node of the month.

  • Likes: Perl Poetry and Meta discussions
  • Dislikes: Unfair criticism and knee jerk reactions
  • Fears: Being perceived as shallow or thoughtless.

Type C - Tuned in to all things political, a type C monk is ever vigilant for what they perceive as the infringement of the innate rights of monks. With a willingness to discuss the issues well past the tolerance of most other monks, they occasionally risk being vilified as irrelevant, fanatical, and pedantic, despite their idealistic intentions.

  • Likes: Moral debate
  • Dislikes: Excessive pragmatism and dismissive characterisations
  • Fears: The abuse of power

Type D - A stickler for detail, the type of monk that Brookes would have deemed a language lawyer, you can trust the type D monk to spot tiny inaccuracies where ever they might be found. Fortunately, the type D monk often has a well developed and wry sense of humour that they use to soften their otherwise acerbic commentary. Type D monks often choose a handle that reflects their obsessive interest in obscure detail.

  • Likes: POD
  • Dislikes: The sentence "Perl extension for blah blah blah"
  • Fears: Being factually incorrect

Type E - With almost no documentary evidence, the existence of type E monks is the subject of some debate, with some even denying their existence altogether. There is speculation that type E monks are in fact eminent monks masquerading as infrequent visitors or Anonymonks in order to express views without being constrained by social or political considerations. Type E monks almost never reply to nodes, preferring to post original material rather than feed off the work of others. The personality of the type E monk appears to fit the reclusive genius stereotype.

  • Likes: To watch
  • Dislikes: Being watched
  • Fears: Loss of anonymity

Type F - The most volatile of all monk types, prone to fits of self indulgence mixed with brilliance and creativity, the type F monk tends to make enemies more readily than other types, while at the same time garnering a few rabid and zealous supporters. The type F monk is well accustomed to heated argument, and is adept at drawing out the embarrassing mistakes of others.

  • Likes: Upvotes
  • Dislikes: Anonymous downvotes
  • Fears: Publicly losing an argument

Type G - A natural born compiler of encyclopaedic references and lists, blessed with technical insight, and with a predisposition toward learning and education, the type G monk gains respect through their prodigious output of high quality reference material. Many initiates attempt to emulate the style of the type G monk, but very few appear to be able to sustain the effort for long enough to produce anything of comparable quality.

  • Likes: Details
  • Dislikes: Marketing and glossy promotional material
  • Fears: Hard disk failures and corrupt backups

ysth - added readmore tags


In reply to The Personalities of Perl Monks - Part I by EdwardG

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