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Is it impossible?

by BrowserUk (Pope)
on Dec 23, 2009 at 23:54 UTC ( #814162=monkdiscuss: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

If there is one thing that bugs me more than people that lie to me, it is software that lies to me.

I am in the habit of visiting my User Search Page on a regular basis to track the posts I have made. The responses they have garnered. And to re-proof read, and (to try to) correct the inevitable spelling and grammar mistakes that litter my posts.

Frequently, if I been away from the tab for a while, I'll refresh the page to find that XP nodelet will say something to the effect of "You gained 5 experience point.s, but flicker comparing the refreshed page with the previous version shows that this number is wildly inaccurate.

Is it so difficult to track accurate numbers? If so, wouldn't it be better to simply say "You gain/lost some XP"?

And no. I don't give a flying .... about how much XP I've got--I just hate software that lies-- ... by 63.1234567689% (+-3%).

I'll give 1000 XP to the person that fixes this annoyance.

Comment on Is it impossible?
Re: Is it impossible?
by Anonymous Monk on Dec 24, 2009 at 02:21 UTC
    Its probably related to that bug tye is always talking about, maybe :)
Re: Is it impossible?
by moritz (Cardinal) on Dec 24, 2009 at 09:06 UTC
    XP != votes

    You don't always get an experience point when somebody upvotes your posts - see Voting/Experience System for more details

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Re: Is it impossible?
by Discipulus (Deacon) on Dec 24, 2009 at 11:50 UTC
    wlldly inaccurate (hope this spare you some time!)..
Re: Is it impossible?
by zentara (Archbishop) on Dec 24, 2009 at 13:01 UTC
    And no. I don't give a flying .....

    ....then let it go ..... :-).... maybe this was all a clever plot to aggravate you at Christmas.. :-)


    I'm not really a human, but I play one on earth.
    Old Perl Programmer Haiku

      Maybe it was my clever plot to see who would respond, And how :)

        ... anything with the word impossible in it, attracts me like a moth to the candle.... :-)..... merry christmas

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Re: Is it impossible?
by kyle (Abbot) on Dec 24, 2009 at 18:24 UTC

    I've sometimes seen it happen that I've gotten 1 vote but gained 2 XP. I've noticed this at times that I've kept a close eye on noderep xml ticker. I used to think that what I was seeing was actually 3 votes—2 up and 1 down—which would show as delta 1 vote up but, with some help from rand, wound up being delta 2 XP.

    More recently I've decided that the XP calculations are fuzzy. This is just another reason to ignore them. Would it be possible to have the XP Nodelet tell me how many votes I have but not my changes in XP? That would be nice.

Re: Is it impossible?
by vitoco (Pilgrim) on Dec 24, 2009 at 18:39 UTC

    From Voting/Experience System:

    The authors of the nodes receive a certain random amount of XP based on the vote

    and:

    25% chance of gaining 1 XP every time you vote on a node

    among others...

Re: Is it impossible?
by Argel (Prior) on Dec 28, 2009 at 19:36 UTC
    As others have mentioned, voting can affect XP. Which raises the question -- is it still possible given all of the XP changes for someone to make it into the Saints in our Book <update> only by voting (or at least with minimal posting) </update>? I think it was under the old XP system. Anway, XP is used to encourage participation, which includes voting.

    Elda Taluta; Sarks Sark; Ark Arks

      Yes.

      Within the last year (IIRC), I made it into the saints list, so yes, it is possible to make it into the saints list.

      --MidLifeXis

A (related) game!
by BrowserUk (Pope) on Dec 29, 2009 at 00:19 UTC

    On the subject of software that lies. I just elected to decompress an NTFS drive. I deselected the "compress this drive" option and clicked "apply". The pop-up progress window tells me "About 39703 days and 4 hrs remaining".

    In the time it took to type this response to this point (circa 25 seconds), that figure reduced to "About 39652 days and 0 hrs remaining".

    What is your best estimate of how long this process will really take?


    Examine what is said, not who speaks -- Silence betokens consent -- Love the truth but pardon error.
    "Science is about questioning the status quo. Questioning authority".
    In the absence of evidence, opinion is indistinguishable from prejudice.
      What is your best estimate of how long this process will really take?
      19398 seconds :)
      #!/usr/bin/perl use strict; use warnings; my $first = 39703 * 86400 + 4 * 3600; my $second = 39652 * 86400; my $diff = 25; my $rate = ($first - $second) / $diff; my $estimated_duration = int($first / $rate); my $estimated_finish_time = scalar localtime(time + $estimated_duratio +n); print "Estimated duration: $estimated_duration seconds\n"; print "Estimated finish time: $estimated_finish_time (if we start now) +\n";
      $ perl buk.pl Estimated duration: 19398 seconds Estimated finish time: Tue Dec 29 16:22:14 2009 (if we start now)

        Nice try

        See you Tuesday 16:22:14 McDarren you'll have to wait till then your ++ or -- !

        My guess is that it's already finished!

Re: Is it impossible?
by Anonymous Monk on Feb 01, 2010 at 14:30 UTC
    Yeah I doubt anyone will claim the prize as having access to the source code of Perlmonks is extremely hard and therefore your prize is unclaimable.

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