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Why the decrement points

by jesuashok (Curate)
on Nov 02, 2005 at 14:38 UTC ( #504938=monkdiscuss: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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Re: Why the decrement points (facts)
by tye (Sage) on Nov 02, 2005 at 16:43 UTC

    Nobody voted on your node in the first 30 minutes. Within 40 minutes, it got one upvote to +1. Within 1 hour of posting your question went to +2. After that it moved down to 0 and then back up to +3 (after 2.5 hours). After more than 7 hours, it finally made it to -3. This was all due to 17 people voting on your node over the course of those hours.

    The most likely explanation is that you are simply exaggerating both the times and the reputations involved.

    As for why you got a handful of downvotes? Because a handful of people disliked your question enough to downvote it.

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Re: Why the decrement points
by marto (Cardinal) on Nov 02, 2005 at 14:45 UTC
      In this case, his description of what he thinks happened could arguably be a symptom of some bug within Perl Monks. With the recent changes, it certainly is worth raising the red flag just in case.

      I suspect his perception of the events could be to blame, but I've had several posts that seem to start out at a negative reputation seemingly before anyone could have read the post and voted, so it wouldn't surprise me at all if there was a "feechur" lurking around the monestary.


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Re: Why the decrement points
by philcrow (Priest) on Nov 02, 2005 at 15:15 UTC
    <speculation>I think I know which node the OP is concerned about. It asks about date manipulation, but it insists that the solution must be via a regex, this makes it look like a homework question. Things that smell like homework, but are not marked as such often lead people, sometimes even me, to downvote.</speculation>


Re: Why the decrement points
by spiritway (Vicar) on Nov 03, 2005 at 02:30 UTC

    Everyone has his/her own reasons for doing it, but I might offer one suggestion. You stated a problem that you had, with the limitation that it needed to be done with regex. You didn't explain *why* it had to be that way, which might have helped your credibility. But the most serious problem, IMNSHO, is that you didn't show anything about how you tried to solve it yourself.

    You probably should check out How (Not) To Ask A Question. An important step in asking a question is showing what you've already tried, posting the code that didn't work. If you're so blocked you can't even think of where to start, then post some information about where you looked for answers. People want to see that you've made some effort to answer the question yourself, instead of just asking someone else without even trying.

    Personally, when I see a limitation like, "it has to be a regex", it sets my spider senses tingling. One, it sounds very much like homework. Two, it suggests that the problem may be the restriction itself. If you had posted some explanation about why it had to be a regex, it might have helped your credibility a bit. Example: "My PHB only knows about regexen, so I have to do it that way".

    Finally, yes, the votes you get on your questions do affect your XP. XP is a measure of how well liked your posts are, basically. It's a way of encouraging people to post well-considered questions in a helpful way. It encourages people to come to the Monastery and try to learn Perl, and try to help others with their questions. Now you see that a certain way of doing things doesn't get many up-votes. Your XP was affected, so you're trying to figure out how to avoid the mistakes that caused that. The incentive is working. But if you were to get 10 million XP points, would you be any better as a programmer?

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Re: Why the decrement points
by planetscape (Chancellor) on Nov 03, 2005 at 02:58 UTC

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