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