in reply to Why does PerlMonks rock?
Maybe vroom used psychohistory to predict that the Informatic Empire was in the process of collapsing. To minimize the ensuing chaos, PerlMonks was created as a sort of "foundation" upon which a new empire would be built. The success of the site is practically guaranteed by the science of psychohistory... --Encyclopedia Informatica
Although we tend to minimize its importance, I think that XP is probably one of the major factors of the success of PerlMonks. (How many people log in every day just to vote in order to pick up a few more XP?) Maybe there are ways to make a site like this even more RPG like...