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What's wrong with -1?

by DentArthurDent (Monk)
on Dec 10, 2004 at 16:43 UTC ( #413903=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Newbies and votes

I think the misconception here is that -1 is necessarily bad. That's really close to zero. That means that just as many people upvoted as downvoted. Now if the reputation of one of my nodes was like -40, then I'd be put off, but -1 is nothing, IMHO. Perhaps a new user FAQ or some such thing could explain something like this to reduce the stigma that someone might feel for having their question voted to -1.

Just my opinion of course!
My mission: To boldy split infinitives that have never been split before!

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Re: What's wrong with -1?
by Mr. Lee (Scribe) on Dec 10, 2004 at 23:00 UTC
    What's all about the voting system anyway? I came looking for perl stuff - which I see a lot that I have to read in the upcoming months - and I'm astonished about the "XP" interest of so many users. Just why?

    Does it really mean a man with more "XP" is more experienced? Or even that he knows better? No.

    You respect Mr. Schwarz and Mr. Wall not for their experience, but for what they have done, written, programmed, isnt't it?

      It's quite magical. At the very least, say you've provided a solution to someone's question, it's helpful to know how your solution is received by other members of the community. To someone seeking solutions, the node's votes can help that person decide which solution is the most favoured (but not necessarily the best).

      I got most of my XP's from asking questions, not providing answers. So to your questions about whether someone with more XP is more experienced or knows better, the answer is NO.

      I think if you see the X in XP as standing for Involvement rather than Experience, then you'll be less likely to equate higher XP with more experience (knowing more).

      Hm...can't delete this node. Was meant as a reply to Mr. Lee's node.

        the node's votes can help that person decide which solution is the most favoured (but not necessarily the best)

        The only problem is that you have to make up your mind whether you think it's a good or bad solution (cast a vote) before you get to see what people voted before you...

        Sometimes I see two nodes on a subject in which I have no or very little competence and can't judge which other people with presumably more knowledge has considered the better answer. I resists to upvote/downvote as I just don't know if they're good or bad. I could mindlessly just upvote both, but that doesn't seem satisfactory.

        I'd like it if there was a way to see how people voted on a node. I assume there are good reasons for not displaying the reputation of a status before voting, I can guess a few myself. But what if the null vote really was a vote so that you voted but didn't change the reputation (and would have no chance of getting more XP from casting it)? The vote wouldn't even have to "cost" exactly one vote either.


        See perltoc if you don't know which perldoc to read!
        Read argumentation in its context!

      Ah, but note it maps fairly 1:1; Saints.

Re: Worst Nodes Purpose
by Mr. Lee (Scribe) on Dec 11, 2004 at 20:59 UTC
    Another newbie question: What purpose serves the Worst Nodes page?
      Two purposes:
      1. They show what not to do.
      2. Utter and complete novelty. :-)
      My mission: To boldy split infinitives that have never been split before!
        I'm still unsure. It seems more to be two things: Some punishment against the original poster? Some amusement about the posting?

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