[dancer-users] Dancer Advent Calendar 2015

Amelia Ireland aireland at lbl.gov
Mon Oct 26 14:43:33 GMT 2015

Hi Gabor,

I agree with most of your points, and particularly about consolidating the
articles in a single location; ideally there would also be an index or tags
so that users could find all the articles about, say, plugins, or the use
of 'appname'. I'd argue for adding it to the Dancer distribution and
mirroring it on a website, rather than just having it online somewhere,
mostly because it is much easier to have a single resource for
documentation, and if it can be accessed offline, that's even better!

Re: the advent calendar, the advantage is that it focusses people on
writing articles by a specific deadline, as well as inspiring those who
would not usually contribute to write something up and share it with the
community. Even if the articles are not all read in December, they provide
a useful lasting resource, as the access stats you've quoted show. I think
it'd be hard to motivate people to contribute for a fortnightly article --
from my own experiences of organising a monthly news email, it very quickly
becomes a chore. A one-off or annual event is far more likely to be


On 25 October 2015 at 21:59, Gabor Szabo <gabor at szabgab.com> wrote:

> Hello there!
> My worthless 2c:
> Based on our experience with the Perl Weekly, people usually click on 1
> maybe 2 articles. So I think it is quite unlikely
> many people will be able to follow the Advent calendars.
> I also think it is quite hard to read so many articles in such a short
> period of time. Especially as several other Advent calendars
> are competing to our attention.
> Google Analytics of http://advent.perldancer.org/ tells me that most of
> the month the site gets about 1500-1800 visits / month
> In December 2013 it got 3500 visits, in December 2014 it got 4,400 visits.
> The http://perldancer.org/ site gets about 7-8,000 visits / month.
> Instead of and Advent calendar in December, I'd suggest to spread out the
> 24 articles and have one published every 2 weeks during 2016.
> Though it does not need to wait till January. It could be started next
> week. Then we could include them in the Perl Weekly
> and other Dancer enthusiasts could also spread the links.
> I'd also suggest to publish the articles on the http://perldancer.org/
> site and to move all the content from http://advent.perldancer.org/
> to the http://perldancer.org/ and to create a unified table of context
> for all the articles, but that's a slightly different story.
> regards
>    Gabor
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