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Re^2: How sad.

by aaron_baugher (Curate)
on Jul 02, 2015 at 01:32 UTC ( #1132901=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: How sad.
in thread How sad.

Giving this person so much attention is the wrong thing to do.

You're right, he clearly loves the attention, and I did ignore him for years. There's only one problem with that: PerlMonks is not just a discussion forum, but also a long-standing repository of good Perl information. People who put a lot of effort into it don't want to see it cluttered up with bad info that makes Perl look confusing and stupid to the newcomer.

I was thinking about Usenet, which I used regularly for more than a decade. Most Usenet groups were entirely unmoderated, and there were plenty of trolls, so the only way to deal with them was for everyone to ignore them. I guess we just didn't worry about whether an ignored troll posted a bunch of nonsense to a group like comp.lang.perl.misc. Maybe we worry about that here too much, I don't know. I'd actually prefer to go back to ignoring -- it's much less trouble -- but I want to do my part to maintain the quality of a site that's made me a better programmer.

Aaron B.
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Re^3: How sad.
by Anonymous Monk on Jul 02, 2015 at 02:27 UTC
    yeah well on usenet there were no votes or voting ... give the people the illusion that their opinions matter, and they'll be like: well, thats enough of that, its been almost eight years, it reached the boiling point four years ago, wtf now I don't even

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