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Re^4: Well, *Is* Perl Dying?

by spiritway (Vicar)
on Jul 19, 2006 at 13:48 UTC ( #562283=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^3: Well, *Is* Perl Dying?
in thread Well, *Is* Perl Dying?

You make some good points about XP abuse. Ignoring my own nodes (all of which are perfectly reasonable and enlightening, of course), I've seen some folks get bashed severely for saying things that really didn't deserve it. Certain topics are simply tabu. You mention them at your peril. This is why I keep saying that a node's reputation is based on its popularity, which isn't necessarily the same as whether it's informative, on-topic, well-written, well-reasoned, presented respectfully, and so on.

To the credit of the Monks, however, I see a whole lot more fairness and reasonableness here, than I see in what I laughingly refer to as "real life". I guess I get downvoted more often in "real life" than I do here...

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Re^5: Well, *Is* Perl Dying?
by apotheon (Deacon) on Jul 19, 2006 at 23:32 UTC

    From what I've seen, it seems that PerlMonks tends to be more extreme in its tendency (in the aggregate) to punish heresy, but there are fewer positions considered heretical, than Real Life. In other words, the average Monk is less likely to get excoriated for an opinion than the average Human in Real Life, but when it does happen it tends to be far harsher and far less tolerant. I actually started getting private messages from people who have, by making the mistake of supporting a particular PerlMonks-taboo position, been driven to simply shut the hell up and no longer contribute to discussion here — and, of course, I got those messages while I was in the process of getting raked over the coals for supporting that very same position in a recent discussion.

    I have pretty thick skin, though, so I'm unlikely to shut up any time soon.

    print substr("Just another Perl hacker", 0, -2);
    - apotheon
    CopyWrite Chad Perrin

      I have never understood the fascination with XP systems. When I moded a gaming company site, people would go beserk over it if they thought there was a secret room. Post for post count sake.

      Why are people concerned about XP? I doubt the chicks would find me hotter if I told them I am almost ready to be promoted to vicar! :)

      There are taboos. No argument there. Randall can post just about anything and he will get many votes. But hey. Why take offense to it? It means nothing in the scheme of things. What was that saying? "Opinions are like assholes; everybody has one!"

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