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Re: The true PerlMonks Experience

by Biker (Priest)
on Nov 08, 2001 at 01:30 UTC ( #123926=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to The true PerlMonks Experience

I have to both agree and disagree with Anonymous Monk.

There are advantages having the XP system. And many of those. Just to list a very few that comes to mind:

  • Newcommers have to 'get into' the community before they can 'tell the community how things really are'.
  • You have to somewhat prove a certain level of seriosity before you can participate in more advanced activities.
  • (As already mentioned) It makes people come back. Regularly.
  • Etc.

For the one that couldn't care less of the XPs, well why not just ignore them?

But...
I do see another danger with the XP system. Since XPs are given by the Brothers and Sisters in the community, there is a huge risk that only those nodes that pleases the big masses will collect reputation. This is a bad thing (Trade Mark used with permission) for creativity and individual thinking.

If people don't dare propose (or argue for) solutions that they don't believe will please the big masses in the Monastery, there is a risk for draught in the flood of creative ideas. If people only write what they believe everyone else will agree with, then were are we going?

Therefore, I strongly urge everyone, and so most the new members of this community: Please, say what you think, propose what you think is the best solution. Do not just state what you think is 'politically correct' with the intention to collect XPs.

Remember: The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable man persists to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable.

Biker says: f--k the world!!!!
/dev/world has reached maximal mount count, check forced.

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Re^2: The true PerlMonks Experience
by Aristotle (Chancellor) on Nov 08, 2001 at 16:21 UTC
    I don't think someone has to collect a very high XP level before he is listened to. I know that I personally have already memorized a couple names I see regularly and see regular competent replies from. The 30 posts I saw may be their first 30 or may be their post #2984-#3014, I couldn't care less.

    And the problem you see with good ideas being stiffled, I don't. Traditions become traditions because they're good practice. You can't easily question them without high competence, and personally I found whenever I questioned good traditions, my conclusions where that they are there for good reason. On the other hand, if someone has the competence to successfully question established "good practice", that competence will stand out in general.

    Without being able to back it up with too much experience (pun intended), I'd say the XP system works - so long as you don't use it as basis to judge the merit of people's contributions.

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