in reply to Help me understand...
since no one else has seen fit to respond to this... : )
Obviously, many monks much more venerable and astute than we have given and regularly do give thought to this. So if you feel a bit confused, you're doing it right. ; )
The only things I would add to this are:
- neshura did you the best service by pointing you to the Perl Monks FAQ, it's there to help
- You're absolutely right that there is no pattern or strict guideline to voting - this is an organic system we have here. lots of room for randomness an abberation.
If you're asking questions like this - you must be doing all right. I always feel that it is the person who is doing things correctly that worries over it - I often do just that as well. No sparks here. : )
-- I'm a solipsist, and so is everyone else. (think about it)