Why I give up my talk in YAPC

drforr@pobox.com drforr at pobox.com
Wed Jul 3 18:21:38 BST 2013

On 2013-07-03 19:05, Denny wrote:
> On Wed, 2013-07-03 at 12:46 -0400, Mark Fowler wrote:
>> On Wednesday, 3 July 2013 at 11:10, Daniel de Oliveira Mantovani 
>> wrote:
>>> in #perl at freenode
>> freenode is…well, freenode.  Most people on this list would not 
>> consider
>> it the 'home' of Perl on irc.

irc.perl.org #perl-help is actually recommended for those people 
looking for help with programming, due to hysterical raisins. When EFnet 
#perl split onto its own network (called MAGnet at the time) we retained 
the original #perl name and made it a social channel, keeping the name 
made it more convenient, and of course at the time we didn't think it 
would grow much beyond the extant community.

> Both #perl and #perl6 on freenode are considerably larger than the 
> same
> channels on irc.perl.org - they're representing the Perl community, 
> like
> it or not.  In fact, according to perl6.org it would appear that
> freenode is the official home of Perl 6 on IRC.
> It might be worth noting that it is possible for projects to assert
> ownership of channels on freenode, due to our* rather weird namespace
> policies, so in theory it would be possible for Perl's leadership 
> (such
> as it is) to decide to make the #perl channel there a nicer place to
> visit... although I imagine the fallout from taking any such action
> would be hugely tedious.
>> We mainly use irc.perl.org (where we have our own #perl)
> I got the distinct impression that it would be seriously cruel to 
> direct
> anyone who wanted to discuss Perl problems to that channel.
> Regards,
> Denny
> * I'm part of the freenode staff team.

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