What is this voting and XP stuff about anyway?Experience is an attempt to roughly gauge site contributions. Recent changes to the system have allowed other users' views of your contribution to play a larger role in the experience you gain and they do this by voting on your posts. In the beginning XP was a mystery, the XP nodelet told you whether you had gained or lost XP but you didn't know where or why without searching through all of your nodes. Then came the ability to watch all your nodes changing reputations in one place. Now luke_repwalker.pl allows you to automate the whole process and see where those ++ and -- are happening. Who said ignorance isn't bliss. Some want every -- vote explained. Helpful criticism is always a good thing when given with tact but I don't think 'I voted X because...' is necessary in a public forum.
Basically if you focus on doing the right thing for the right reasons when all is said and done you'll end up doing all right in the XP world. What is doing the right thing you might ask? Helping others as best you can in a respectful manner with a proper splash of humility, tact, and humor for proper seasoning. If you're still convinced someone is doing you wrong e-mail or /msg me with any specifics you can offer and I'll look into it.
Oh and remember to vote on nodes and not people.
Airing of GrievancesOne interesting thing about this site is that you have a place to discuss issues. Sometimes however it seems as if the point for this site (Perl, and fun for any of you wondering) gets put off to the side. One thing I'm particularly glad about is how much a lot of you do care about what goes on here. I like that there is a forum and for most matters I let you guy hash or clash it out for yourselves. What I want to see is everyone having a say in matters but not forcing the uninvolved to feel dirty at the end of the day for stumbling across a discussion that didn't particularly concern them. I believe it or not am going to be the president of my fraternity back at school this year and a lot of the same problems arise. The group is generally stronger if all members don't have to know about all the problems. This is one of the reasons your parents whispered when you went to bed at night instead of using megaphones. At the same time you have to find balance so people don't feel like they're being left out of important discussions and that's a tough balance to find.
I think it is safe to say that no one I have talked to has been happy to see anyone leave this site. The next question is how do you effectively get your point across without alienating or hurting someone. That's hard enough to do in real life but without the idiosyncracies of tone, eye contact, and facial expressions it becomes even harder over the net. How do we reward behavior that is useful to the site as a whole and help those who fall short of that mark without seeming condescending or spiteful?