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Re^4: Learning/Using Perl on Linux

by Mugatu (Monk)
on Mar 01, 2005 at 18:58 UTC ( #435573=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^3: Learning/Using Perl on Linux
in thread Learning/Using Perl on Linux

It's kind of funny. I didn't mind your first reply (criticising the OP for his terribly written mess) yet this one (criticising the AnonyMonk for being Anonymous) bothers me. Based on those nodes' reputations, it seems my opinion is contrary to that of most other Monks', so I feel like I should explain my thoughts a bit.

Writing badly is a real problem, because it impedes communication. Now -- without getting into debates about splitting infinitives and other arcana -- we can all agree that the original post was very badly written. It shows no effort at all, or even the pretense of caring. I think this is a bad way to go about asking a question, and as such I think it is worthy of criticism.

On the other hand, being Anonymous is not a problem. Many users have legitimate reasons for not revealing their identity (I'm sure tilly can tell you all about this), but that shouldn't make them worthy of criticism. To do that would risk driving them away. I have seen many excellent contributions to the Monastery from quite a few Anonymous Monks, and to lose that contribution would be a shame.


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Re^5: Learning/Using Perl on Linux
by holli (Monsignor) on Mar 01, 2005 at 21:48 UTC
    I donīt have a problem with Anonymous Monks, when the posts are about technical questions. I knew my node was likely to get negative rep (maybe this one also), and it would have been easy for me to logout and post it anonymously. But expressing opinions, especially controverse ones, should be made under ones own name. Posting anonymous to avoid loss of a few xp is a form of cowardness.


    holli, /regexed monk/
      But expressing opinions, especially controverse ones, should be made under ones own name. Posting anonymous to avoid loss of a few xp is a form of cowardness.

      Do you have any evidence that this is actually happening here, or are you simply assuming that is the case? You may be right, and I don't particularly want to get into a protracted discussion about this, but you may also be wrong. People post as Anonymous for different reasons, and cowardice is not the only one I can think of.

      Update: I see that defending Anonymous Monk is becoming less and less popular around here. That's a real shame.

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