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Request for reduction of my XP

by Flame (Deacon)
on Aug 15, 2005 at 05:07 UTC ( #483762=monkdiscuss: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

I'm afraid I have a somewhat unusual request to make of those capable of granting it. I would like to lose 400-600 xp. To put things simply, I haven't been monitoring Perl as much as I used to, and I don't feel I deserve the upcomming promotion to Pontiff just because I have Perl Monks set as my home page (I keep getting the random + for visiting).

This is my first post since late 2004, just to put things in perspective. I must also confess, I don't even read the nodes on the front page very often anymore.

And so, I submit this request. I am not one who appreciates being raised above his true station, and in truth, I probably deserve an even greater reduction than I'm requesting.

Edit: Fixed a spelling error pointed out by halley. I may be out to lose XP, but I want to do so with appropriate spelling and grammar.

My code doesn't have bugs, it just develops random features.


2005-09-21 Retitled by Arunbear, as per Monastery guidelines
Original title: 'An Unusual Request'

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Re: Request for reduction of my XP
by rnahi (Curate) on Aug 15, 2005 at 05:16 UTC

    Repeat after me: "XP is not important."

    However, if you absolutely must, then visit thepen home page and click the nefarious button as many times as you please.

    Your XP will be adjusted down until you are tired of clicking.

Re: Request for reduction of my XP
by RMGir (Prior) on Aug 15, 2005 at 12:05 UTC
    Interesting problem...

    This is a well-written, polite, on-topic (well, on-meta-topic) request.

    So I clearly cannot downvote it.

    Yet, it's a request for a loss of XP.

    So I clearly cannot upvote it.

    Inconceivable! :)


      Great parody! (++)

      "The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men." George Eliot
Re: Request for reduction of my XP
by planetscape (Chancellor) on Aug 15, 2005 at 17:52 UTC

    IMHO, those who obsess about their XP being too high are making the same mistake as those who think it's not high enough. XP is just a number; it roughly correlates to your participation (and yes, "just visiting" is participation) in PerlMonks, but doesn't tell the whole story. Personally, I gauge a Monk's "true worth" by actually reading their writeups or conversing in the CB. :-)


Re: Request for reduction of my XP
by halley (Prior) on Aug 15, 2005 at 12:43 UTC
    I downvoted your post because you used 'loose' where you meant 'lose.' Unless it's lightning bolts jumping out of your fingertips, or it's the dogs of war you're allowing to lunge at their prey, you don't loose things, you lose them.

    [ e d @ h a l l e y . c c ]

Re: Request for reduction of my XP
by thor (Priest) on Aug 15, 2005 at 11:50 UTC
    To expand on rnahi's idea, maybe you could write a WWW::Mechanize script and go only half way there (since writing the script would "atone" for the other half). Just a thought...


    Feel the white light, the light within
    Be your own disciple, fan the sparks of will
    For all of us waiting, your kingdom will come

        My take on the post that you linked to is that it is wrong to vote on individual nodes based on the author (or any other arbitrary criterion). However, the "take away 5 XP" button doesn't alter the XP of any existing nodes; it just takes 5 away from your total. So, in essence, the bot that I proposed would not be a vote bot insofar as the bot isn't voting on anything. Moreover, the potential for abuse is slim; if someone wanted to be malicious with this, they'd have to know the know the password of their atackee. There are far more interesting things to do with someone's password...


        Feel the white light, the light within
        Be your own disciple, fan the sparks of will
        For all of us waiting, your kingdom will come

        Might just be my interpretation, but that's not a votebot. It's not voting on arbitrary nodes, just hitting a link for a particular user.

      I'd rather suggest WWW::Mechanize::Sleepy then. It's a little friendlier to other users (taken he'd have to 'click' the button 80-120 times)


      All code is usually tested, but rarely trusted.
        Easier to click 80-120 times than to write a script to do it. Besides, a script can get carried away.
Re: Request for reduction of my XP
by NateTut (Deacon) on Aug 15, 2005 at 12:35 UTC
    ++ for your humble supplicant attitude. Oops that's not what you wanted right?

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