[Pdx-pm] The Perl 5 Wiki

Michael G Schwern schwern at pobox.com
Sun Jul 8 21:27:35 PDT 2007

Randal L. Schwartz wrote:
>>>>>> "Michael" == Michael G Schwern <schwern at pobox.com> writes:
> Michael> You are all cordially invited to hack the hell out of the Perl 5 Wiki which I
> Michael> just made up.
> Michael> http://www.perlfoundation.org/perl5/
> Michael> Its empty.  Throw stuff in.  Anything related to Perl 5.  Tribal knowledge.
> Michael> Official knowledge.  Content!  Add content!
> I realize that everyone is free to start whatever wiki they want, but given
> that none of the Australian Wiki, the Wikibooks Wiki, and the Wikia wiki
> have gathered a critical mass of support, do you expect this one
> to be more succcessful, and if so, why?

Some are the times to ask why.

Some are the times it is better to ask why not.

The effort is low.  The price of failure is low.  If it succeeds the returns
will be high.  This is a time not to ask why, but why not.  I don't see any
real reason why not [1], so I went ahead and created it.  It is done.

Perl 5 needs a place to collect communal information, that much is obvious to
anyone.  Here it is.  If this doesn't work we'll try something else.  And
something after that.  And again after that.

Every moment spent writing about why the wiki should not work is a moment
which could have been spent editing the wiki and helping it succeed.  Or
editing some other wiki and helping it succeed.

[1] The "it'll distract from similar projects" argument is generally
speculative and depressive to motivation.  Its a fine excuse to do nothing.
If all those other wikis are going so strong then this new one is no threat
and it will die a just and quiet death.

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