in reply to Uber-newbie section

Well done for not writing RTFM. I've been guilty of it myself, and while it's useful for part of a larger post, it doesn't stand well on it's own. See 1st Monasterians.

I don't think a new section is a good idea, not because it doesn't have value, but because how are we going to get a true newbie (as opposed to a newbie who seems knowledgable, like me) to distinguish. Since moving the Discussion section up to the top of Newest Nodes, there have been a few misdirected posts there which belonged on SOPW.

And really, these services already exist. When coming across such a post, it's probably a good idea to direct them to the apropriate docs and send them over to's Perl begginers mailing list.


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